It’s funny that this post has been bothering me. I hate having something negative hanging out there so time to put it behind us. After a rough day we finally pulled into to Tunnel Hill at 7:30 am. I drove till 4 something and I usually don’t drive that late. We are at our Son and daughter in laws. Craig is watching football and I am curled up in bed. I am absolutely exhausted and even after taking a nap today I am heading to bed. Tomorrow we go see our youngest son play some football. Looking forward to seeing him play and pass off some chili we have been saving for him since Seattle.
I have realized that this business can really take it’s toll on you. I am blessed that I get to do this with my best friend. Even with all the BS we still try to find things to laugh about. Not that there was much laughing yesterday but this experience has been eye opening. You really are at the mercy of your FM. Even when you want to pull your hair out and kill someone, you have to take a deep breath and decide who controls the mood of your truck. It is WAY EASY to get caught up in all the drama and difficult to avoid it but it makes all the difference in the world what your attitude is going to be. I have been accused of having a Pollyanna outlook and I am grateful for that. I like having things go my way and find that they usually do. Another thing I am finding out is we all have the same experiences. I have made some great friends on this adventure who I really enjoy and I have learned a lot from all and pass on the advice I think helped me the most. The first was you decide the mood of your truck. It is so true and if you think about it, that can make all the difference in the world. Second thing is if you are teaming. You WILL want to kill the other person at some point. You will get in some doozie of some fights and it is the most stressful experience. Six months is what it takes. If you can make it through six months you should be able to make it all the way. The things that set you off are ridiculous and living in small quarters doesn’t help. Craig and I laugh everyday but not everyday is perfect. It is still a learning experience for us but remember you are not alone. We have all been there or will be there. It is an amazing job though. I still think USX is one of the best companies out there and I’m glad to be a part of it. Like any family…. there are good times and bad. I am confident the bad times are over!!!
Anyway my advice for the day for new team drivers is: There will be good days and bad. Some of it does depend on your attitude so take a deep breath and remember to smile. It honestly can change the way you are feeling and also for others too!!!