Monthly Archives: February 2014

Why

I can’t count the number of discussions that I’ve had with a good friend of mine. The question that is always discussed between us is, “Why join the military to fight for your country?”

If anything I think that this question has many sides to it. On one hand I try to look at it from her point of view, but society is much different in Texas than in Austria. So I’ve spent my last weeks here in the military thinking of how to write about this topic. I would hope that I played a small part in defending freedom. Whether you agree or disagree with the conflicts that we are involved in, as cheesy as it might sound, I believe in this country. I remember sitting in my classroom looking at the Twin Towers being attacked and I remember feeling so hopeless and defenseless. I never wanted to feel like that again so I decided right then and there that I would do my part for this country. Now I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed every day here, but I’m doing this so that I can play a part in never feeling like that ever again.

On the other hand we(the military) are often portrayed as brainwashed and on a mission to kill everything. I can’t say that I agree with that because it is generalizing everyone into a single category. Now I’m not saying that we are all saints, but we sure as hell aren’t all on some crazy path. Behind the propaganda and bad publicity we are just normal individuals trying to live life.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
John Stuart Mill

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Homeward Bound

I remember laying in bed for the first two days after being back not able to sleep. The springs leave a lasting mark on my back as I toss and turn. My body is beyond tired but my mind tells me to keep going, I don’t know what’s happening. It all feels like a life time ago that I left home. I’ve traveled over 30,000km on different assignments with the military. 30,000 different places that my heart has left a small piece.

As I get closer to the end I become more restless. I don’t know what the future will have in store for me, but for now I have 30,000 reasons to be happy to have the opportunity to move forward with my life.

No matter what path you take with your life, it’s beautiful and don’t you forget that.

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