My first few days on the road were like visiting a foreign country. I was in a bit of culture shock really. My body had to adapt, and my mind as well. In my home I have many comforts to support a happy healthy mind with ease. I have dogs, a horse, wonderful husband, comfy bed, running water, toilet, very little responsibility, you get the idea. Taking all that away and learning a new way to live is not that easy.
Once the distance between me and all my creature comforts were far enough, it was harder in some ways, but easier in others. It was more loneliness and less discomfort the further from home we go. I am a fairly logical person by nature, (at least for a girl) I am not typically driven by my emotions, but there have been a moment or two of near tears. Then I look at the nice notes or texts my friends family, and now even strangers send me and it really helps boost my spirits. I see now why a good support team behind a driver is important.
I think about how I am in the truck with a very bright positive person, I myself and a pretty dang happy person, but what if I was alone out here? Like most drivers? What if I was alone out here, and not as naturally happy? How would I manage that? Or if I was training and had to go out for weeks with a stranger that is not similar to me? It takes a lot of determination to get through the first few days, what about a few weeks?
It has gotten easier, the moments of feeling loneliness and longing for home are easing with every mile and it is getting easier and easier to feel my normal happy self.
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.