Making Friends

It’s been a while since my last update, so I figure it’s time for some news. First, I’m sure you’re all very eager to hear how Christina’s been doing behind the wheel. Well, let me tell you: she’s been doing wonderfully! We’ve been driving all over the country, and she’s adapted quite well to the trucking life. She could use a bit more practice with backing, but she will definitely get all the practice she can handle, and I believe that she’ll have it down by the time she takes her upgrade test. In fact, just yesterday we drove our first true team run, and she did a fantastic job. I picked up the load at midnight, drove for 6 hours, then we swapped and Christina drove without supervision for 11 hours, making it nearly the whole way to the customer all by herself while I slept. We swapped at our fuel stop and I drove it the rest of the way, and we made our delivery on-time, despite the fact that they moved our appointment two hours earlier than it had been when we picked up the load. It was a long haul, and we were running nearly non-stop, but Christina did a fantastic job, and it’s because of her hard work that we made the delivery on time. She’s a true trucker, no doubt about it!

Our load today wasn’t nearly as stressful as the one yesterday. We gave ourselves a good 8-hour rest break before accepting our next load, so we could catch up on sleep from Wednesday’s long haul. We picked up our next load, heading to Arkansas, and headed out. At around 6pm, we decided to find a place to park for the night, so we could get up bright and early and finish our journey tomorrow. We chose to park at a restaurant for the night, because it had a couple truck spots and would provide a hot meal. It was a tight fit, trying to park our truck at the restaurant, because there were a bunch of cars in the way. One car was owned by a man who informed us that he wouldn’t be able to move because his car had broken down, but he was kind enough to push his car a ways to give us an easier time parking. When we had parked, we got out and chatted with him a bit, and discovered that his car had a rupture in a fuel line, and he and his girlfriend were stranded. Well, we weren’t able to help fix his car, but we invited him and his girlfriend to join us for dinner while they waited on assistance to come. Our treat. They came and joined us at the table and we got to know each other over a couple drinks and a delicious meal. They were wonderful people, and we had a fantastic conversation, exchanged phone numbers, and really bonded while we dined. I was glad that we were able to share a meal with them, and I hope it helped brighten their day.

Christina and I shared our future goal of building a community where friends and family could live together and work together to help each other out, and it turns out the guy is actually a house builder and handyman. He offered to help us out when the time came for us to build our community, and he and his girlfriend were very supportive of our goals, saying it was something they would love to someday be a part of.

We had such a long and deep conversation, ranging across all kinds of topics like religion, philosophy, society, friendship, self-improvement, drug abuse and rehabilitation, community, love, and compassion. I am grateful to have met the two of them, and I hope that we can all stay in touch in the future!

It’s easy to look at the news and say “the world’s gone to shit,” and to lose faith and trust in humanity. There always seems to be so much going wrong in the world, and it can be hard to keep a positive outlook. But if you take the time to talk to strangers and get to know the people around you, you might be surprised to discover that we’re not all that bad. Things are better than they seem, and there’s still plenty of goodness and beauty in this world. No matter how bad things get, if we work together and show each other some love and compassion, we can overcome what ails us.

I hope you’re all doing well out there. You’ve all got my love, and I am grateful for every one of you, whether we are friends or strangers. Be good to yourselves.

If you’re up for a little homework, I’d like to challenge you to show gratitude to the strangers in your life. It could be the person who holds the door open for you, or the person who serves you a meal at the restaurant, or any other person who shows you kindness in your day-to-day life. Try to notice the good people do for each other. And try to pay it forward, showing kindness to the strangers you meet. We could all use a little love.

That’s all for tonight. We’ve got plenty of miles to cover tomorrow. (Christina has driven over 3,000 miles since we started driving together!) I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I look forward to the next little bit of news I can share with you. Love you all! Goodnight.

One thought on “Making Friends

  1. You said, “It’s easy to look at the news and say “the world’s gone to shit,” but I am a firm believer that it is the news that is shit! You are so right that when you connect with the people around you you find a totally different world with people just trying to get along with each other and make a better life for themselves. The ‘news’ for some reason wants us to be uneasy with each other and believe the nation is on shaky ground.

    Have a great day safe roads to travel.

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