I really can't imagine too many scenarios where going through the schooling, getting your CDL, and trying out truck driving as a new career could be looked back upon as a mistake.
You may find that the industry and lifestyle don't suit you very well, but the experiences you'll gain and the 'insurance policy' you'll have will be more than worth the price of admission for most everyone.
In the end, there is nothing I will ever own that will be worth more to me than the memories I have of seeing the country and living on the road, the growth I've experienced as a person, and all of the adventures I've lived throughout the years I traveled – and of course all of the great people I've met.
Some of the most difficult things I've ever had to do were from behind the wheel of those trucks, but many of the best memories I will ever have include that same wheel in front of me. I can't begin to imagine who I would be and what I would be doing with my life right now if you erased everything I gained from all those years on the road.
I almost never ponder it because there is no way to know, and I'm absolutely certain I would not want to know.
For every decision you come to regret in your life you will spare yourself the agony of a hundred more in the years to come because of the knowledge you've gained.
And for every decision you make that works out well it will be followed by a hundred more that you never would have had the opportunity to make if it wasn't for that first one. The decision to take a shot at driving a truck has turned out to be one of the very best decisions I have ever made.
The decision to take a shot a being a mechanic also turned out to be one of the very best decisions I have ever made, and I realized soon after the schooling that being a mechanic full time was not for me.
I have had people tell me they used to be a truck driver but got tired of it after a while. I've met thousands of people that did it their whole lives. But in looking back over the years, I honestly can't remember one single person telling me they regret the decision to get their CDL.
When it comes to your career, there are no guarantees in life, only opportunities. If you decide to take the opportunity to get behind the wheel, I sincerely wish you the very, very best of luck with it.
Be patient, be safe, and learn to enjoy each moment.
One thing you'll learn as a driver is to stop focusing on the destination all the time and enjoy each moment of the journey...because in the end you realize you are living the journey most of the time and the destination, in the end, is only a temporary one, and soon after a new journey begins.
This applies to life in general for all of us. Live each moment, and learn to be happy in each moment, because in the end, happiness is all that any of us is truly after. So no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing, if you are happy doing it then you've already arrived at the place you were hoping to be.
Good luck and Godspeed.