That’s My Story…


Backroad Ramblings

“That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!”

Everybody’s heard that old phrase and nearly everyone has used it.  It’s what you say when you tell a fib and can’t back down, or even if you tell the truth and won’t back down.

 However, just the other day I was talking to Ray, a trucker buddy, and he informed me that there is another way to use that phrase.

When a person is young, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and naïve as can be, they are very open-minded about things.  They don’t know if they prefer Fords or Chevys.  They don’t have strong opinions about iced tea versus Mountain Dew.   And they will consider all kinds of ways of doing things because they don’t know the best way to do it.

But as life goes on, you start to figure out these things.  You start to have very strong opinions about things because experience has taught you to have those opinions.  You learn that doing things a certain way works for you, so you do it that way no matter what anybody says.  And that’s when you say, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!”

For instance, if you are obsessive about never letting a vehicle’s fuel tank go below half, it might mean that you are obsessive.  Or it might mean that too darn many times you have jumped in a vehicle, in a hurry to do something, just to find it was out of fuel.   Keeping the fuel tank above half keeps your blood pressure below danger.

Or maybe you only drink a certain type of soda pop.  Maybe it means you just like that stuff.  Or maybe you have tried other kinds and they always give you a belly ache.  You don’t want to bellyache about your belly ache, so you stick to the one kind that doesn’t give you a belly ache, and you ignore anyone who says you never try anything different.  Trying different things is for the young and naïve.  

Yep, you might be accused of being an old geezer, but by the time you get to a certain age, you have a lot of things figured out, and you don’t need to try new things just to see if you were wrong.  You might try a few new things now and then, just to confuse everybody, but you don’t have to.  

And if anybody asks you about it, you can just look them straight in the eye and say, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!”


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