Monthly Archives: August 2012

Yesterday I participated in the 10mile race here on base. Today I woke up with my body feeling as if I was 80 years old. I have an excellent theory for this, next time we have a race don’t let me know, that is why cars were invented.

But, I was proud of the fact that I pushed my body to run the 10miles. I was perfectly fine with a great pace for the first 7 miles, after that the bottom of my feet started cramping and I pushed through the pain. Although it was a good obstacle to test my heart I have no desire to compete in such event again without training my body for it. I was out in the desert for a few months before the race and I was not able to condition my body to the level it needed to be. I say to you all, find challenges in your life that you can push yourself to the next level. If we don’t push ourselves we are just wasting our time on this planet.

Live your life without regrets and when it comes your time to die, go out in style.

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Soccer is something that I am very passionate about. I’ve been playing the sport all my life and I love everything about it. No matter where you go in the world soccer is the same and I love that. When I play I don’t think about anything other than my game, I love the rush that I get when scoring a goal or giving a pass.

We’ve been out in the desert for a long time now training. Although the temperature gets over 100 degrees Fahrenheit easily we play whenever we get a chance. Here are some quick pictures I took of the soccer ball in the desert. I hope that y’all are having a better day than me.

 

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To score we have to make the ball through the middle of the sandbags

 

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Here I am standing in the middle of my barracks building and I see myself being surrounded by new privates walking with their heads down. I now realize that I am one of the veterans of this unit, I should try to find out why they have no motivation.

As I look around my unit I hardly recognize any of the people that started with me. Most of the people I knew are long gone from this unit. I can see that my motivation is not what it once was and I should not let new people get demotivated by that. I have my reasons for having some gripes about my situation but I ultimately put everything in a negative light in front of these new privates. My attitude towards certain things should not affect the morale of once highly motivated privates.

I was walking into my building when I saw this new E2 sitting down by himself with his head down. I started a conversation with him to let him know not to be unmotivated. I tried to tell him that although things might look bad now, they could be tens times worse. Normally I would have never talked to a new person based off the fact that I do not know him. So I started off with a topic to gauge his random knowledge. To my surprise this individual was quite informed on my topic which shocked me a bit. Many people in this unit are not exactly the brightest people I’ve met in my life, so for a new person to show me otherwise was strange to say the least.

We went onto the topic of choosing a place to go for vacation next summer. I had not really thought about where I would be going but now I know that I will be going to Europe to relax for a couple weeks. The way I tried to explain it to him was that we are giving the opportunity to go anywhere in the world for free, so why settle for something less than amazing. We only live once and when it comes our time to die we should have no regrets about our life.

I guess the point that I am trying to get at here is that sometimes taking the time to talk to someone can make you realize lots about yourself. Limiting myself to only people that I knew severely hindered my ability to adapt to this new environment. As somewhat of a role-model from new soldiers coming in to the unit I have to be able to overcome my personal grievances and show them the correct way to perform their duties.

Here I am stand…

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