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Life As A Trucker Home

There are any number of songs that discuss the "wanderlust" or "restlessness" that many over-the-road truck drivers feel. I hadn't really thought about it much until this morning. I happened to get three separate pieces of email from people, all different, but all causing me to have to explain the sense of "restlessness" I feel if I'm at home too many days in a row.

The sense of restlessness is quite real. I'm not sure when it developed, or where it came from. Did it develop after I became an over-the-road truck driver, or was it present before and I just didn't realize it?

The most difficult periods of my life as an adult have been those times when I tried having a job where I was home every night. I felt like I needed to "go" somewhere, but I just didn't know where to go or what to do. In the 9 to 5 jobs I've had I couldn't wait for quitting time to arrive so I could hurry up and go home, but what was at home awaiting me, but a sense of restlessness?

When I'm out on the road in the truck, I never feel restless, even when I'm parked somewhere waiting on a load. It's really quite a paradox.

So, the next time you hear a trucking song that mentions this restlessness or wanderlust or "not letting the grass grow under your feet," know that it can indeed be a very real feeling that can only seem to be satisfied by being out on the road in a truck.