There are two books that have changed the way I live my life.
I’ve read many books that have expanded my knowledge on a manifold of subjects, books that have opened myself up to experience and empathize with what authors wanted their readers to feel. But there have been only two that have physically changed the way I live, and how I want my life to look like.
The first is the Holy Bible, and the second is On The Road by Jack Kerouac.
I first read On The Road when I was working an office job at the onset of the 90s. I had been out of high school for a few years, dabbled with college, knew I wanted to be a painter and graphic designer, but didn’t know exactly how that was going to pay the bills. I kept that dog-eared paperback in my back pocket and read it voraciously during my lunch hours. The road became everything to me.
A few years later, as a senior in college, and in the span of a few months, I dropped out of school, broke up with my fiancée, quit my job, sold most of my possessions and packed everything else into a 1977 Honda Accord and drove a few thousand miles to restart my life.
Yes, I did it for a girl. Yes, it didn’t work out. I’ll never regret it, though. I was on the road.
The best things in my life have happened when I’ve been on the road.
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
I’ll be 48 this year. For most of my working life, I’ve had office type jobs. This year, I decided to make a change. I’m going to be a truck driver. I’ll try and write about what went into that decision in more detail soon.
For now, I wanted to create a place where I can share my experiences of getting my CDL, training with a company, then finally getting on the road.
I actually have kept a journal throughout my driving school. I posted it on a trucking forum, and got a pretty positive response, and that has encouraged me to continue writing for now. I will be posting those journal entries here in their entirety over the next few days.
So, stay tuned, friends. The road is beckoning, and everything is ahead of us.