if you have read my bio then you probably can guess that my husband and I have traveled around the United States a bit. We were over The Road (OTR) truck drivers for a few years.
Today I saw a picture of the snow in Colorado and was reminiscing about my few days in training. there was a bad stow storm on the I-70 through Vail, Colorado and I was driving. Being new and only have drive the big truck a few days, I was scared. My trainer wanted to take the wheel but there was no place to pull a big rig off the side of the road. You drivers out there know the road I am talking about. There are only rest stops or small pull outs for cars. No big rigs allowed.
So there I sat in the snow storm following the tail lights of the vehicles in front of me and not being able to see much further than that through the darkness and snow. My trainer was in the passenger seat pretty much chain smoking cigarettes out of stress. We got pulled into the weight station outside of Silverdale, CO. It took me a few minutes to let the grip of my fingers lighten up from the steering wheel so I could let go. Talk about white knuckling it. We had to take out paperwork into the weight station so it could be checked. Once at the counter I handed her the keys and said "I'm Done".
Not that I was quitting the job, I was just done for the day. It was a wild ride. After that, after only being on the job in training for a few days, I knew that since i got through that OK. I could handle anything the job could through at me.
Life lesson learned. Just because you get thrown into a hot mess and it seems that you will not make it, you will find the strength inside to make it through and be stronger for it in the end. Hence the old saying
"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."