I met a driver today, female otr driver of 7 years, supports her family since husband can not work. She thought it was cool I was out taking pictures of her world and documenting it , but started to say how it is still hard to really understand since I am staying in hotels and am not on a tight budget if the company is sending me.
Then I explained I hopped on the truck on my own accord to really understand their job, not the company sending me, and living in the truck, not staying in hotels. I wish I had a way to capture the moment when drivers realize I can relate to them. It goes from a cordial greeting to a connection with such a friendly smile.
I suppose that is one of the basics of human drive, to belong, we are by nature social beings, with different degrees of that drive. OTR drivers in particular live a life so different than we could ever imagine, so it is not easy to relate to the rest of us sheep.
I have come to realize that this is why my heart jumps with joy when I see other drivers from our company out here, I know we have something in common, a way to relate, a connection. I know my drive to connect is higher than that of most drivers, but I am sure that it is within all of them, just tucked away and buried deep down in order to do their job.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.