When the wind of change blows, you never know which direction it will be heading. But, if there's one thing I've learned in life, it's that you will be much happier and better off if you learn to cherish the good side of things. I'm not only talking about the glass being half full here; although, being optimistic never hurts.
Recently, there's been quite a few tragic events and we as a community have suffered great losses. It's always tragic when you lose a family member, and to us, every single minitrucker is family! However, with great loss also comes great fellowship. I'm dedicating this month's column to all of our fallen brothers; from the most recent, Scott, from NR Georgia; all the way back to Danny Rowe, and beyond.
Every time we lose a brother, I do my best not to look at it as completely negative. Of course, I'm deeply saddened and will miss the great times we've all shared. But, that's what helps me to take the good with the bad. Because through the loss we all come together as a community to mourn our fallen brothers and sisters. We are there for one another, and we do our best to think about all of the good times, great memories, and lifelong friendships. The comraderie that we as minitruckers share is greater than any one person.
At press time, our good friend, Courtney "Tito" Halowell, was recovering from a stroke. As of right now, he's on a good path to a full recovery. However, by taking the good with the bad, it was amazing to see how quickly we all came to support our friend and mentor in his time of need. Within a day, there were already benefit shows across the country. Also, a PayPal account had been set up, and every one of us had contributed what we could to the cause.
At times like this, the best comes out in all of us. Sometimes, I just wish it didn't take a tragedy for us to realize how close our community really is!
Wyatt Strange once said,"We have become part of something much more complicated than you or I will ever fully comprehend. We build more than just trucks.... We build friendships, we build futures, we build our dreams. We drive our trucks low and hold our heads high because we have an unwritten and unspoken agreement that we will live life to the fullest and never fall victim to 'the norm.' Others laugh at us when we spend hours on-end working on our trucks, yet shake our hands when we are done."