Carolina Ortega (Truck Driver)

Tell me three things that happened in the last week that you’re thankful for.

We've seen a lot going on with the current situation in the world and one of the things that made me very thankful is my job. I feel very honored in being a part of a profession that helps people with their everyday essential needs.

More than ever, truck drivers are being recognized for their efforts and it makes me happy to be part of it.

I'm also quite grateful for my good health every single day.

Are you a giver, a taker, or a matcher? Are there areas in your life where you act like one type, and other areas where you act like another?

As a giver, I like to share my daily routine to every one and how I deal with the challenges of my job. As a taker, I like to take the best of every situation I have to deal with.

What matters most to you?

Being happy.

What are your biggest goals for this year? How will you work to achieve them?

That's a hard one given what we are facing right now lol but staying in trucking is for sure on my plans!

How much control do you have over your life?

I have 100% control of my life.

As a truck driver, can you describe the beautiful solace of being alone for many hours? Does it get lonely? 

It can seem crazy but i don't feel lonely at all, I enjoy a lot of things when it comes to this lifestyle because of the freedom that comes with it - the freedom makes me complete.

What are some of the challenges you have to deal with amidst the global pandemic? How do you keep going?

So far, I didn't have to slow down when it comes to my job as a trucker. Loads and supplies right now are a bit less but still going. Since it started, I rarely stay on standby. Our company makes sure that they find work for the drivers.

Can you share some of your memorable adventures while driving a truck and also the scariest ones?

The most amazing moments for sure is driving through scenic sites and to witness the changing landscape from state to state.

I have very good memories from Arizona, Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, and many other states. Each state is truly special.

The scariest moments I've had was going through a big snow storm in Wyoming on I-80. The storm continued on for hours and the snow was building up on the road.

It was intense i thought i wouldn't make it to a safer place because I was 40 miles from the nearest truck stop. I didn't have a choice but to keep on going.... this was the most intense trip of my life!

If there were 28 hours in a day, what would you do more of?

I'd definitely invest the time learning new things such as starting a basic mechanic course, perhaps a new language, and to learn how to play an instrument.

Lastly, What do you miss about being a kid?

I miss the dog I had.


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