Rookie Solo Driver
I am 52 years old. I have 2 grown children. I was born and raised in Los Angles near Venice Beach. I left when I was 20. I walked away from a life that was headed for either death or prison and never looked back. I have lived in 6 states since then. I get restless and need a new adventure so I pick up and move, somewhere, anywhere. I have been a hairdresser for 32 years, I have been a safety coordinator for BP, I have built above ground pools and put up siding on houses, I worked in real estate, I worked for the Veterans Affairs Hospitals in West Los Angeles and Columbus Ohio, I got my GED and my Associate of Arts degree with a focus on Psychology from Columbus State Community College with a GPA of 3.67 at age 46. I then attended Ohio State University for a year. I have 96 semester credits towards a psychology degree. I then dropped out due to my step fathers death and losing the house he was renting to me for 250.00 a month so I could go to college. I went to Charlotte North Carolina and Managed 3 Great Clips Salons over the next 3 1/2 years. I threw myself into my work and became known as a fixer. I took stores that were in serious decline and put them on the path of growth. I think I became a really good manager, but I just was not seeing any real satisfaction in my position and I needed a break. I needed to figure out what would make me happy and give me a sense of satisfaction, so I quit my job, packed up and came back to Columbus Ohio where my children, my mother and my sister live. I have been back now for 6 months working as a stylist at Great Clips, (I am very fast and good at cutting so I make about 20.00 an hour). I crash at my mothers, have a storage unit, minimal bills and no ties to anyone or any place. My children are 21 and 34 years old. They don't really need me hanging around anymore. My passion is writing and I think I am pretty good at it so I have started writing a fiction novel that seems to have developed into a young adult story.
That is where I am now in my life and how I ended up contemplating what to do next. I am bored in my career and can no longer seem to enjoy standing on slab cement 35 hours a week cutting 100+ people a week. And so I had the brilliant idea of becoming a long distance truck driver. I grew up with a few truck drivers so I knew the life. I have always been a true loner, I have driven across the country 5 times, I am a rule follower and a pretty good driver. My last ticket for no seat belt was in 2002, my last speeding ticket was 26 years ago and my only DUI was 25 years ago but was pleaded down to a Reckless Operation. I learned my lesson big time.
Driving a truck just sounded perfect. I could be alone, write and drive all over the country. I worried that I would not qualify because of my age and height. I am only 5' 1 1/2", but getting on this forum has made me realize that it is possible. So I have been working my way through the High Road CDL prep tests and studying every chance I get. I think I have decided to apply for Roehl Transport so I can do their school. I am saving money so I have a couple of months of bill and food, etc. money to get me though until I start the training, which they advertise as paying 500.00 a week. I can live off that.
I am sitting at Panera Bread with my laptop getting ready to study more since I want to be totally prepared before I apply for my new career. That is my story.