I guess everyone knows how much i love chatting up with Uber drivers, even if it gives me the most ridiculous experiences (proposals, match making.. anything you name it). Yesterday I met two awesome people who drive for Uber and Lyft. The traffic was bad so i had a great conversation with them.
The first was a person, lets call her T, who used to be a freelance IT consultant. She had a spinal injury one fine day and after that had to spend a year in bed. Now she started driving Uber as she lost a lot of her customers and she has huge doctor bills to pay. She was telling me how the whole experience made her appreciate life a lot more and how she cannot complain any more as she is able to walk and everytime she takes a step she is happy. I had to admire her optimism. She is planning to go back to school (she must have been in her late 50s) and study psychology.
The second person, lets call him F, was a lawyer in Brazil. His dad is from the US, so he has come here to learn English. He was talking to me about relationships and how he finds it pointless that people just want to sleep around. He is going to open a restaurant some day. He was trying to improve his english while speaking with me and was telling me how the customer is his boss and he can change bosses quite often. He told me that I was very friendly and thanked me for the fun conversation.
Life is full of surprises. It is interesting that we have such really different types of people who make their living through technology. That is the power of tech and I bow down to it today, again.