Harry here. It’s easy to get caught up in the minutia of driving and dealing with drunk passengers but sometimes it’s good to take a step back once in a while. Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince shares the story of his treasure chest and how he uses it to reflect on his experiences as an Uber driver.
For most rideshare drivers, the income is the main show. It’s the primary reason we’re doing it and we define our success by how much we pull in at the end of the day, week or month.
But this can quickly become a grind. Whenever something bad happens on a ride, it will be blamed on us, and we sometimes take a hit in ratings. Traffic is in gridlock, it’s our fault. We swerve to avoid an errant vehicle, it’s our fault. We’re caught in a horrendous traffic jam, it’s our fault.
In the midst of all this bad stuff, it’s easy to become jaded and forget the more precious moments – the moments that provide rich connections with complete strangers. It’s nice to have a reminder of that now and then of the underlying humanity that unites us.