After my youngest kids were out of the house, I was 20 years out of the workforce and in my early 50's with not much of a resume. I took several "go nowhere
" jobs sitting in an office staring at a computer screen. They were not for me.
However, I loved to drive (and I remembered your mantra about what you wanted to do between now and dead), and I noticed a "hiring
" sign at a local propane delivery company. I had zero experience in this field, but I submitted an application. I was shocked when I was called for an interview. The manager said, "You don't look like a truck driver,
" and I responded "Well, let me go home and change. I'll be right back
!" That broke the ice, and the interview went flawlessly. I couldn't believe it when I was hired. I was the first woman driver ever for this company.
After eight weeks of intensive training, I was given my own truck, and I now spend my days tooling about the countryside, playing "Where's Waldo
" in my search for the next propane tank on my route. I get a ton of exercise on this job, so I've lost 20 pounds too! I also get to listen to you every day as I'm out and about in the beautiful countryside. I'm choosing to be graceful as I age (large sunglasses do help!). I'm grateful to you, Dr. Laura, for chirping in my ear, giving me the encouragement to try something new "between now and dead.
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