As most of you know, I’m a Soldier in the United States Army. And while I can’t get too into what exactly I do, I can tell you how it makes me feel. I must say, whatever I say does not reflect the opinions of the United States Army, nor will it reflect any negative connotations toward my current profession.
I love being a Soldier. More over, I love being deployed.
What? You never thought you’d hear that? It is the truth. Don’t get me wrong, I miss everything about being home. I miss watching regular tv, I miss sleeping in, eating whatever I want…I miss cooking. Pretty much all of the day-to-day things you all take for granted. Those comfort things. I don’t get to go home and kick off my combat boots and heat up leftovers while watching the latest episode of Glee. Instead, I go to my storage unit (room), hurry into the shower to hope to catch some hot water, blog or get right into writing and then go to bed.
Not much for comfort, huh?
But I must say that I signed up for this. I raised my right hand and swore to defend my country at all costs, as God is my witness. I stand by that decision 100%. I don’t need pity. I’m the closest thing America’s got to a freaking superhero (I love Marvel comics) and that is something only a small percentage of Americans can say.
Since joining, I’ve managed to surprise everyone, including myself. The Army made me strive to be better; it made me want to succeed. And because it gave me the drive, I’ve succeeded in almost all things I’ve put my mind to. I’ve ran faster and farther than I ever thought I could. I’ve pushed myself both physically and mentally and nothing brings me more joy than to be here typing this and having you all read my words, knowing I have done the very best that I ever could.
So I approached writing that way. I sat down and typed until my fingers cramped and am still typing. Because I know that not only will I succeed whether or not people believe, I also know how strong I am. People say you never know what you’re capable of until your back is against the ropes. It’s safe to say that I’ve been there and have come out a champion.
Now what I want you all to do is believe. Just believe that you can do anything. The worst thing that could happen is you fail, right? But let’s say that you do fail. What do you gain from failure? You gain knowledge. That knowledge will help you the next time you decide to take the plunge. I believe in you. Now its just time for you to believe in yourself.
I’d like to take a moment to thank http://mikecoville.wordpress.com/ for his generosity. Earlier today I emailed him the names of 10 soldiers to send “Christmas boxes” to. He has enlisted the help of his fellow church members as well. Thank you for your selfless service Veteran. God bless you.
All my love,