1. You resent your morning alarm clock for obnoxiously ringing at least an hour earlier than it would, if not for the need to commute of course.
2. You press snooze one- or two or three- more times than you can afford, as the thought of missing your train seems inferior to those few extra minutes of sleep.
3. You force yourself to eat a big breakfast at the crack of dawn, even if you're not that hungry, because the minute you get to work you catch yourself thinking about food again.
4. You notice how unbelievably small your pocketbook is after being unable to fit both your favorite magazine and the most recent best-selling novel inside. Sadly, you have to choose just one.
5. There are no aisle or window seats left as you board the train to Manhattan. This leaves you with a middle seat between a woman who can't stop sneezing and a man chowing down on his smelly breakfast burrito.
6. You constantly and quickly grow tired of your "Recently Added" playlist after listening to the same songs over and over (and over) again during every morning and evening commute.
7. You lose cell service mid-conversation with a friend or significant other in the dark, creepy tunnels leading up to Grand Central or Penn Station.
8. The only times the subways decide to be "3 MIN DELAY" are the mornings you suddenly realize you are extremely late to work.
9. You miss your subway by half a second, and are stuck waiting on the unbearably hot and sweaty platforms for the next one to come around.
10. After your 45 minute train and 15 minute subway rides are complete, you still have to walk the length of three city avenues to get to your office.
11. When you prolong the start of your day by self-designating a bathroom break before even sitting down at your desk. The commute took so long as it is- what's a few more minutes?!
12. It is not until you are given the chance to look in the mirror that you realize both your hair and makeup don't look half as good as they did when you initially left the house.
13. When you quietly slip off your commuter flats and replace them with one of the many blister-evoking yet ever-so-fashionable pairs of heels that hide under your desk.
14. You vent all day to your coworkers that you are tired from the commute, but they just don't understand. "I'm tired too," they respond unsympathetically.
15. When you are less excited about the clock hitting 5PM than any of your coworkers because you know the workday doesn't truly end until you survive the reverse commute home.
16. You sacrifice embarrassment as you sprint through the city to make the earliest express train home, hoping not to see anyone you know along the way.
17. When successfully commuting in and out of New York City every day feels like the greatest accomplishment of all time.
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