reply to post by Stop-loss!
Stop - jeez, I may have been a bit hard, but in time, you'll realize that this is just a little character builder.
I volunteered for combat three times, and I volunteered to extend my tour three times. It was like the job wasn't finished - somewhat - but mostly
because I was running out on my buddies.
Do you REALLY think I WANTED to do that? Do you really think I didn't have other things to do? You think I didn't miss home as much as the next
guy? Think I didn't want to hug that little coochie I left behind - or some other if things had changed?
I'm trying to get across that today is all you have. This moment is all you have, and to waste a portion of it being pissed off, or miserable, or
hurt because things didn't turn out according to plan - is one big waste!
My uncle told me when I was a kid that he would have just as good a day as he made his mind up that morning that he was going to have.
If he made up his mind it would be good, then no one - and he reiterated NO ONE could spoil his day or piss him off.
You're young. If a kid is ten, one year is equal to one-tenth of his entire life. When he's twenty, a year is one-twentieth of his life.
It goes much faster after that. Trust me.
You want this time to fly by? Volunteer for every patrol, every sweep, every action. You stay so busy, and so exhausted, I guarantee, you'll be
home before you know it.
Might get killed? So?
You don't really think you're getting out of this life alive, do you?
It's not the destination.
It's the trip. It's how you got there. That's what matters.
That's the only thing that matters.
The busier you are, the more you meet your dreads, the sooner you'll realize the secret.
An ability, hard-earned . . . very hard earned . . . to fully delight in and appreciate each breath, every kiss of the sunshine, every sip of
refreshing water - and every moment.
You don't have as much time as you think.