21 Years Down

Today marks my 21st year of service in the military. My original plan was to serve my three year initial contract, attend graduate school (University of Southern California) and ride the corporate hamster wheel of effort to achieve "so called" success.God had a whole different plan.

I never had a bad day in the Army, but I gave some hell. There were times when I was told I wouldn’t make it, wasn’t good enough, couldn’t compete with my peers and should get out. I never listened and none of that judgement motivated me in the least. I loved contributing to greater good and working with some great folks trying to make and an impact in the lives of those around them.

I realized I marched to the beat of a different drum. I seek the rhythm of life in living it to the fullest and don’t care what the music sounds like. I treat people the way God treats me. Half of my life has been in uniform, but I’m more comfortable in my own skin around total strangers in a place I’ve never been. I found piece in seeking the ultimate appreciation for what life had to offer in what it didn’t promise. I’ve been fortunate to never meet a stranger and befriend people that l though hated my nonchalant personality. I’m guarded and hope that serving others will protect my virtue to withstand my own compromises. Time is merciless and it will expose your fears, insecurities and vulnerabilities. I’ve found peace in being open to what God has for me. I chose God, before the military and I'm sure he's not done with me yet.

The next couple of years are all about serving. I'll gladly take what comes with that responsibility. The difference will be how surprised the impact will become as I put my all into discovering possibilities, implementing change and giving what I never knew I had was possible. God will take care of the rest as he always has. Thank you for your time and the opportunity to serve. Amen.

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