I read somewhere that a husband and wife were in so much debt after both of them lost their jobs that they became over-the-road truckers. They put whatever they had in storage and lived out of the truck.
I'm all but homeless now and faced with the same decision. Do I close up my home and go on the road until the economy gets back on its feet? I have a clean CDL, but I haven’t driven in years. I thought my days behind the wheel were over.
Homeless in the USA
I remember reading about that couple and many others like them. Most of them had nothing, not even a CDL. They had to sell everything, put what little was left in a small storage unit and work for nothing while they trained to get their CDL. That's not quite where you’re at Homeless, is it? You have a valid CDL just sitting there doing nothing.
For you to even be toying with the idea of becoming homeless is disturbing. Do you know how many uneducated, unlicensed, unemployed people there are struggling to put food on the table? Get over yourself!
You also have more options than driving. Have you considered becoming a trainer or going into safety or dispatch? Because of your skills, you can also work in shipping/receiving in a warehouse.
Homeless, you can either wallow in self-pity and pitch a tent near a mission, or walk to the nearest manufacturer or trucking company, pull out your CDL and look for a job.
I’m looking forward to hearing about your new job.
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