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Come in many forms, seldom having anything to do with the condition of the road surface.
Mile by mile, life rolls on, consistent and refreshing. Amazing how things seem to just occur at the right moment.
I have spent the last two weeks feeling trapped in a truck and enjoying very little of it. It had not a thing to do with where I was going or had been, but with the person I was with. Some people should not be in a social situation at all. In my short 44 years, I have met very few people who I could not get along with… until two weeks ago.
My nemesis appeared in the form of an older man with a bitter outlook toward life. He didn’t look any different than every other person, nor did he at first display his antisocial patterns. However, it did not take long for me to discover that he was a very unhappy and bitter person in his heart. One who believed no other had achieved his level of intelligence or experience. While holding himself at a level far superior than was fact, he stepped on those around him driving them down as best he could.
I am not one to let people put me down, or try to take from me my own sense of normalcy. So this matching was one of oil and water and provided for a constant level of strain. There were a few times I did bite my tongue, holding back the vicious rebuttal that strived so hard for release from my lips. I played my hand well and waited the opportunity to escape the confines of that truck.
When my chance came in the form of a very generous fellow trucker, who was kind enough to provide a ride where I needed to go. I bettered my compatriot by shaking his hand and wishing him well in future endeavors. Not by attempting to tear him down in order to elevate myself. The next few days were quite pleasant, traveling in peace and quiet, while enjoying the environment around me.
As they say, all's well that ends well and I sit here very near Lake Michigan, waiting for upgrade and assignment to my truck. I will even get to see an old friend from class who just happens to be on her way here as we speak. We’ll be upgrading together, and starting off the adventure to come at the same time. I’m looking forward to the future, and trying hard to forget the recent past.