Entire life has remained in a truck running all over. In my very first 35 years we were a group that helped each other and stranded vehicle driver. All of us had an oath that if we were faced with hitting a car or running the truck of the road, we would do the later on, all of us knew what occurred when a 40 ton truck hits a 2000 lb automobile. Much of my good friends trashed their trucks and some passed away over that oath. I never had a doubt in my life I would do the same, the circumstance simply never occurred to me.
I had a close friend through no fault of his own ran over a cars and truck that ran under his bumper. I saw him deteriorate to absolutely nothing from the guilt of what he saw up until he killed himself. It was Not his fault but I comprehend the regret he experienced when he got out to help and just found bodies. I have actually experienced it myself many times when I stopped to assist at a wreck when I was the only one around.
Thats all altered in the last a number of years. The old days are gone and im simply a dinosaur that don’t understand how to stop and get a life. When I see somebody requiring aid I feel its my duty to do what ever I can. I was a therapist for 3 years and 9 months while going to college in the early 80 s at a drug rehab and I went to school nights and run 2 regional loads in the evening to support my family. I saw so much turmoil through these individuals, some dedicated suicide, some suicide by cop. I had my own problems in life with drugs to stay awake and truck 3 days at a time up until I began seeing things that weren’t there on the highway.
The rehab put me in charge of the suicide hotline and I was damn good at it. I had actually seen so much in the years prior to. I dealt with social workers, the bleeding hearts of the world. I resented them for it. I told it like it was. None of my customers ever went there. I understood and never ever let them suck me in with their tears. I typically had them making fun of how long-term the idea was for a short-term scenario, and joked about it.
Well later I began seeing it. I ran best in the evening when the air was thin and dark. One morning about 1am in Reno Nevada I pulled in to fuel up and saw a driver being in the TV room alone bubling tears. I remained in a hurry to get to San Franscisco, but this guy was desperate, I asked if he was OK, we were the only motorists around. He wanted to get ran over in the lot by a big truck. It was his first trip out of California, stopped and began betting in the casinos, lost all his money and his bosses cash, offered his fuel and tires to gamble more. I did the very same thing my very first trip thru Nevada. Anyhow I recommended he wait till 9am call his boss and inform him what he did, in charge would send cash to the truckstop for fuel and tires to get back, then his employer would kill him. He looked at me a minute then laughed his butt off. I understood he was okay and left.
We are not alone on this world, all of us have desperate issues sometimes. I have found out if we take some time to help somebody in problem, our life on this rock becomes simply a little better. Easier. No one gets thru life unharmed. The most important thing we can do is assist those who need it and going on down the pike. I pulled 2 women who turned over in a snowbank in front of me near Buffalo NY. No one could see them there I was the only one who saw it. I had a 14 ft broad load and understood it was dangerous, pulled over and cut their seat belts and assisted them into my semi and call the police officers on the cb radio. The police officer put them in his automobile and gave me hell for stopping.
Great with me, I understand whats right or incorrect. I could not reside in my own skin if I hadnt assisted when I was needed, these things can not be taught, the have to be experienced. I know life moves quick, however not too quick to give a minute to help a stranger to their feet. Its not a huge deal to us, but that person will assist another and so on. Envision if all of us simply gave a minute how much better the world would be.