1 – I am not emotionally flexible. When unexpected things happen, I’m not good at taking a deep breath, letting go of my plans, and embracing the new reality. This is something I’m working on.
2 – I should wear protective headgear. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve hit my head on the outside fold-up doors, or the low-hanging television, or the cupboard above the sink after brushing my teeth.
3 – There are few things that make me feel as happy as emptying the bus’s waste tank. Leave a comment below regarding that, all you psychiatrists and counselor-types.
4 – I’m not a very good dad when I’m stressed out. This adds to the importance of me figuring out #1.
5 – Poopy diapers smell much worse in a bus than in a normal-sized house.
6 – Some music is simply made for consuming while driving. Tom Petty comes to mind, with songs like “Into the Great Wide Open,” ”Learning to Fly,“ and “King’s Highway.”
7 – Driving a bus is kind of like writing. I look back on my first day driving the bus and can’t believe how terrible I was at it. I wonder how I didn’t wreck it. I wonder if, later in the journey, I will look back on the driver I am one week in and shudder. And I know that the only way to get better is to continue moving forward, continue making mistakes, and continue driving new roads.
8 – I take a lot of things for granted. I know I still do. But now I savor hot showers, home cooked meals, and the chance to get out and take a walk.
9 – As Maile so aptly said, “Things are not always what they appear.” In other words, your diesel tank probably didn’t just go from ¾ to empty for no reason (dead battery that controls the panel), and McDonald’s isn’t always a terrible place.
How about you? Learn any lessons recently that I can apply to our trip? Any favorite on-the-road music I should acquire?