You should read it. No, really, read it. Don’t worry, it’s not a long read — more of a short essay. It’s incredibly meaningful in anyone’s lifetime, and a reminder as we review our own lives and space around us:
Particularly relevant to me, now, as I sift through my father’s house and the belongings he had acquired throughout his life.
With age, it becomes difficult to learn new concepts, methods, techniques — new tricks. We often become very set in our ways and that’s reinforced from our own interpretation and acquired experiences.
It makes it rather awkward to absorb new concepts.
I have decades of experience driving cars, trucks, motorcycles and sidecars of all types and sizes; with and without trailers of highly various sizes; manual transmissions, automatic, even semi-automatic. I have driven countless miles across varied terrain, weather, and traffic — and, yes, motorcycles in heavy snow, at night, during rush hour in Denver.
So, yes, it is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.
But I’m happy to say that this old dog has indeed learned a few tricks. I’ve recently obtained my Class A CDL and learned to drive large trucks — 18-wheelers, tractor-trailer trucks. That also requires no restrictions, so I’m qualified to drive anything with Air Brakes and Manual transmissions.
Why? Because I wanted to.
Can I work in trucking? Maybe. My schedule for school eliminates the possibility of working Monday through Thursday. But it’s certainly a possibility should I find something tolerant of my schedule commitments and that’s local or possibly regional.
Next Spring, I’ll see about adding endorsements for Doubles/Triples and Tanks.