Drive past five streets. Walk two blocks. Sit on the train for 50 minutes. Ride the subway four stops. Each piece of my commute can be broken down into distance traveled and time spent in transit. 90 minutes of commuting a day times five days a week times 365 days a year equals an insane and -- depending on your point of view -- depressing amount of time spent sitting and standing in between point A and point B.
I could spend the 90 minutes thinking about all of the things I would be doing if I wasn't standing in a moving enclosed space. Or I could just sit back and accept the fact that the distance is, indeed, 90 minutes and move on.