The transportation industry is the backbone of our economy, and it is no secret that life on the road is tough. From extremely long hours, to frustrating deliveries, to it being hard on our bodies, it can definitely cause one to question choosing a life behind the wheel.
The reality of this lifestyle isn’t restricted to all of you behind the wheel, but also your loved ones. It involves missing important events, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and more. It can be lonely. It can be hard. In fact, it is hard. It is difficult enough to sort through relational issues in day-to-day life, let alone one in which includes multiple weeks of separation. –
This entire industry would not begin to be able to function without what you do. Here are a few reminders that help with everyone’s work life balance but especially when being gone is a huge part of the job. These might assist in making that distance gap feel a little bit smaller:
Make an effort to communicate in a creative way that helps you make each other feel loved from completely across the country. Ask about details, take interest in their daily activities – communication fosters environments where problem solving, caring and affection can thrive. For example, ask them specific ways they feel loved and make an effort to do that. Write a sweet note, send them flowers or pizza, leave them a token of affection. Collect items for each member of your family along the way, Skpye to show body language, tell them what you love about them — as cliché as it may sound, it is the little things that count.
2. When you are together, make it count:
Find things to do together that are special to your relationship and help you to connect. Engage, have conversation, go on dates, watch a movie together – put in the effort at home to remember those things while you are on the road. Try to stay off of your phone when with them, be present, show affection, find things to do together that make your relationship unique. Take pictures, dance, re-make your first date, have a stay-cation, have a game night – do these to build memories, trust and a connection that will last longer than any trip on the road.
3. Apologize and Forgive:
Far too many times, it is more important for us to win the war than mend our relationships. While it is quite difficult to admit when we’re wrong (because, of course, that never happens), apologies break down walls. It repairs relationships and allows a chance for a fresh start. In the same way, forgiveness is the best way to move forward. It begins the healing process of our past and allows us to fully embrace and enjoy the future.
4. Try to always assume the best:
When situations arise, always assume the best intentions. If we are being honest, this is more difficult to do than at first glance. Instead of trying to interpret meanings with heightened emotions and seeking ways to defend yourself, simply assume the other side is coming from a place of love and your best interest.
No doubt, trucking relationships present a unique set of challenges. One of the best ways to address these difficult situations is to start with these simple tips – it’s worth the fight.