What does an Admiral of a British Royal Navy submarine, a South Korean car engineer, a billion-dollar real estate broker, and major recording artist have in common? Me! They have all rode with me (Not all at the same time. Although that would be interesting. Lol), while visiting the Kona-Kohala Coast! Lol. I enjoy engaging in conversations with interesting people. And to get paid while doing so is frosting on the cake.
It’s not lost on me that there are some people, at times, that are not interested in speaking during our 20-35 minute commute. Whether they need to send emails, texts, or just catch a quick nap, it is incumbent, of me, to identify those times and keep quiet. But for the most part, people ARE interested in engaging.
I’m not a star-struck individual. I believe people are people. However, I am fascinated by all people. Each of us has a journey, and each path is unique. It’s these paths, and how we process the experiences, that differentiates our perspectives. Music and movie celebrities are interesting to me but no more interesting than any individual that has distinguished themselves in their respective field. I guess I’m just curious about how different folks are navigating their life experience. Each person that enters my vehicle is the sum total of their journey, thus far. The work they choose, the way they view various events taking place in the world. I feel enriched when people share their stories and perspectives.
Last week I had the honor of transporting a noted liver specialist. “There are five major organs in the human body, how did you reach the decision to specialize in the liver?” I asked the good Dr. He lit up in his response. Speaking of all the wonderful functions of the liver. From filtering toxins from our blood to the storage of vitamins “It’s a fascinating organ!”, he expressed. Although he would not be as known as an entertainer or professional athlete, he and other professionals have reached a level of success that would make them “rock stars” in their respective industries. I’m interested in everyone, but I know, generally, people want to know about “high profile” figures.
Have I driven celebrities? Yes. Do I broadcast who has ridden with me? No.
From time to time people ask me “What celebrities have I driven?” I always answer “Everyone that rides with me are V.I.P!”.