I love being in transit. Bus journeys, non-rush hour tube trips and especially train journeys. The longer the better. As long as I'm physically comfortable, being in that space between A and B is time I cherish.
I find journeys to be the time I'm often at my creative peak. I wrote the entire story for a screenplay over various tube journeys around London. Many of my favourite jewellery designs were born on long-ass train journeys through India.
We live in such crazily immediate times where we all want everything we desire to happen right now. We need to learn to love the journey. The destination is often not all that we fantasised it would be, so, by taking pleasure in getting there, nothing ever feels like a waste of time.
Learning to love being in transit has a metaphorical impact that ripples out into all areas of your life. You learn to appreciate all of the pauses and in-between stages in life. It transforms all creative projects. The "journey" with a handmade piece of jewellery is the creative process and the destination is the finished product. Loving every minute of the creative process means you're less attached to a specific outcome and more open to those happy accidents that can result in something even better than you'd originally designed.
Life is not like the movies and our days are not made up of a succession of exciting plot developments. Much of it could be considered boring if you look at it the wrong way (and don't have your smartphone with you). But there is so much beauty and magic in the slow bits. Spend more time just looking out of the window.
(This blog post was written on the train from London to Norwich)