"Being brave doesn't mean you don't have fears. It just means that you are stupid enough not to give into your fears."
~My Uncle Leon who wasn't really my uncle
"I don't want you to be helpless nor hapless"
~ My Dad, Grady, who wasn't really my Dad
There is something thrilling about driving a forklift. Driving it is like saying to my brothers, "you see, I am not really this dainty, weak young woman!" Or to my mother, "I am as adventures as you, as capable as you!" Or to my co-workers, "You think I'm amazing, you haven't seen anything yet!" Driving a forklift is fun because it is very three dimension. In a warehouse such as Universal Hardware's you have to be careful of things in front, on the side, and above you.
When driving a forklift sometimes you have to go up high to shelves to get items for customers. Some one, probably a man, was smart enough to put many often sought after items high on the shelves. Most of the times, the more popular the item, the heavier and higher it is.
I find it amazing that my brain does something to my body when I am at the highest shelf. No matter how high I am, the last shelf does tricks on me. My knees go weak, my breathe shallow, my head spins, my heart races and my blood sugar sinks. I am fine when I rummage through shelves at equal heights as long as they are not the top shelf. Since the warehouse has been added on to and one side of it has a higher ceiling, the shelves also go higher and I have tested this phenomenon and found it true. The top shelf is not for the faint at heart. It is not easily contended with. But I am brave at heart. I have and I will continue to beat the top shelf.