While listening to the enormous and mind-bending amount of data the author uses to make his points, I started wondering about something….
I decided to purposefully engage a few brain cells toward answering the question about why it IS so satisfying to drive a Big Truck.
What makes driving a BIG TRUCK so radically different from driving anything else?
My GranDaddy drove a truck for over 40 years.
My Uncle RJ, did as well.
I have a few cousins who drive now… but I was never really part of that.
I lived a completely different life with my family who were always moving around the country for my Dad’s 30 year career, in the Air Force.
I do remember however, sitting in GranDaddy’s lap at about age 6, up in the truck, pulling the AIR HORN! I loved it! He let me (while he laughed), even though the neighbors would complain afterwards. I loved HIM for that!
But… I still didn’t know a thing about what it was like to drive a Big Truck. Or why GranDaddy would say things like, “It’s the pull of road you know…”
I’ve heard many drivers who have spent long careers out here say similar things. They also complain about how it’s changing… and how they don’t like the Feds putting their nose into things they don’t know anything about. BUT…
I notice that after nearly 2 years in the saddle …I feel the same way. There IS a pull of the road!
So… the book I’m currently listening to called “The Organized Mind” by Daniel J. Levity, got my internal wheels turning to figure out WHY?
As I drove these last few days, I simply sat and thought about what it is… and why it is that a Big Truck has such romance in the way it moves. The way it floats along. The way it sounds! The way it handles… and I came up with something rather profound.
I notice that when Jai and I head out on the road for the 4 to 6 weeks we spend out here, there’s a sense of leaving everything behind.
Now, I’ll grant you that some drivers don’t leaving ANYTHING behind! They take it all with them into the seat and drive like that. It’s not a good thing I notice.
What makes the difference truly is LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND!
If you don’t, you suffer. You work too hard. Dare I say… you’re potentially dangerous?
Yes, I still pay our bills and handle things that need to be handled while we’re out here. Have to or we’d be in trouble. BUT!
IN THE SEAT…
It really is about letting go of everything and being in THIS MOMENT.
On this road.
On this turn.
In this town.
If you let yourself do that, you cannot help but be a good driver. a GREAT driver! An attentive and conscientious driver.
Letting GO makes the drive easy. Relaxing. Enjoyable.
In a vehicle that outweighs everything around it – except other Big Trucks of course – it’s better for you and everyone around you, if you’re really there.
Not worried about ANYTHING. Just there.
Honestly, I think that anyone who allows their mind to release the cares of the day to melt away while they do their job, will be all the better for it in a million different ways. And then “work” isn’t work at all.
An old saying, “A wo/man who loves what s/he does never works a day in his/her life!” Great saying.
You can’t become rigid in mind, body or spirit if you let yourself be there moment by moment. You stay youthful, open, excited about Life and living and flexible.
Letting it all go – I think – is one thing that makes driving a Big Truck so different. So unique. And so engaging on a daily basis.
Certainly there’s more. I’ll keep looking. I wanted to get this one idea down on digital paper… so I would remember down the road!
I would love to hear what you have discovered about this question. Comment below and let me know what makes driving a Big Truck so uniquely different from driving anything else FOR YOU? Have at it. Let it rip. I’m looking forward to your responses.
Keep YOUR shiny side UP!