Completing: 21. Find an Activity to Do During My Commute
I live 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. , which doesn’t sound terrible, but add a billion other drivers, not enough arteries into D.C., terrible public transportation and I’m looking at a two-hour morning commute. And vice versa on the way home.
After my favorite interviewer went off the air last year, and I was no longer learning or being entertained, I felt like such a purposeless blob. I needed an activity.
Thoughts that came to me during one commute:
- Become a phone sex operator
- Become a telemarketer
- Work with a local business to get car outfitted in a promotional wrap — my car becomes a billboard — I make all of the money
No surprise, none of these ideas worked out. It’s tough finding a job that only allows a person to exclusively work from their phone from 7-9 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. every day.
I posed my conundrum to my Facebook friends. They suggested entering the world of Podcasts. Listening to, not becoming a podcaster, which was actually Kris’ suggestion.
(Side note and ’90s reference: if I recorded a podcast during my commute, its title would be Lady of [Road] Rage)
Why hadn’t I thought of downloading podcasts before?
I downloaded a variety at the start of the year, but the one I’ve dedicated all of my 2016 driving time to thus far is a 90210 recap podcast called The Blaze With Lizzie and Kat. Each episode makes me giggle and reminisce on the show I likely watched within the last 24 hours. I don’t need to get into details of my 90210 fanfare, but let’s just say it’s been 25 years since the show first aired and it’s the only show I watch with regularity.
I’ve also found podcasts dedicated to other passions of mine, so once I’m caught up on the glorious 90210 podcast, I can incorporate others into the rotation.
Maybe my phone sex career will take off this year, but for now, podcasts have been my commuting activity.
By the way, I’m a Clare/Nat.