“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape.” – Seth Godin
This quote from Seth is a wake up call. A co-worker was a penny pincher as her and her husband had a goal of when they retired they were going to have a cabin by the lake so he could fish and she could relax. About two months after she retired, she found out she had brain cancer and did not live another two months. She did not get to live in her cabin by the lake. Lila was a wonderful lady and her husband worked just as hard as she did to save. I believe Lila would have been happy that her husband was happy. Living in the future is not always the best plan.
There are stages to life and each stage has its magic and then we transition to the next stage.  Raising children is a big stage in life and one that should be enjoyed and taken seriously.  There is no joy like watching your children leave home on their own wings and soar.  All of the hard work and tears of raising children is worth it when we see our children make good decisions.  After the children start their lives, what is next for you?
Some decide the next stage of life is to see the country, make a good living, and enjoy waking up in a different city every day.  Truck driving is the perfect fit for those that have a little gypsy blood and are not yet ready to retire to the easy chair.  Seeing the country from behind a steering wheel is not a good fit for all but for those that fit the lifestyle it is often the perfect fit while heading into retirement and still having to be a wage earner. 
Many do not like the word lifestyle when used in the same sentence as truck driver, but for those of that stay on the road for extended periods it is a lifestyle.   This lifestyle is having friends who we see all over the country and have dinner with the same as those do that go home every night.  We though do not spend the weekend mowing the grass and dreading Mondays.  Those that we meet out here that have the same lifestyle as us take each day as it comes and enjoy the moments when all of the stars align and we get to spend time with each other. 
Is this lifestyle all fun and games? No! Is it stressful at times? Yes! It is what you make it. We do miss out on some events, but on the other hand we get to see extended family more than we would have if we had our 9 to 5 jobs.  The problem is usually we never know when we are going to visit family and they have to be ok with us showing up on short notice, and often bringing our dirty clothes with us. 
Learning to balance home time with making money and being comfortable in both situations is the goal.  Not saying we do not like vacations, but usually what we dream about is staying at home without a "honey-do" list, a bathroom with running water, not wearing shower shoes, and watching it snow knowing we do not have to go anywhere.



Easter with Brandy using our lift gate to tail gate....  Great memories



Comments (7)

Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.

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Thank You Frank! As I get older I am not in such a hurry as I realize I am not invincible

July 19, 2016 6:22:47 AM

Outstanding article! Something that I should heed a bit more! Life is a balancing act!

July 18, 2016 18:29:38 PM

Thank You Stephan for your comments and while we have never been through what you and Sandy have been through it is something we always try to remember. Great seeing you two and thanks for all you do.

July 17, 2016 10:35:18 AM

Wonderful article Linda! After Sandy was diagnosed with colon cancer she told me "life is too short". So we built a new truck and hit the road. She is still cancer free and we are enjoying trucking so much. Great to see both you and Bob at the Expo......we still did not get any cards played!!!!! LOL

July 16, 2016 18:37:14 PM

Great advice too us all . It is easy to miss today as we spend so much time planning for the future .

July 15, 2016 16:53:54 PM

Yes Craig it does! We are at the Expedite Expo and my is it fun to listen to people talk about their plans of building fleets and enjoying life and then let them add that they are in their 70's.... Amazing

July 15, 2016 15:00:18 PM

Very nice article packed full of wisdom. This article provides food for thought for sure. Enjoy life while you are here because it goes by fast.

July 15, 2016 8:17:14 AM