Three months from now, I will be beginnning Army basic training.
That sentence still surprises me a bit, and I know it came as a major shock to many people in my life. I practically have my whole life set: I have a job at a major television news station in my city, I just graduated college, I’m working on some journalism and photography projects. Yet, basically out of nowhere, I up and joined the National Guard.
But, as sporadic as it seemed, it wasn’t really all that random. Since I was in high school, I have dreamed of joining the military, but I didn’t follow through. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t because the path I took brought me so many amazing people and experiences. That path taught me tons, allowed me to do things I had once only dreamed of, and led me to many wonderful places, including a career that I am happy to have (and a career that everyone told me would not work for me). And now, I get to add a new experience on top of all that without losing that; I get to live both of my dreams.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous or scared. I’m terrified. I don’t know what to expect. I know it’s going to be a challenge that is going to push me, both mentally and physically. I know it will be difficult and I know it will be pretty damn miserable. Yet I am so excited. I am the kind of person who is always chasing more, who always wants to do and accomplish more, and this seems like a pretty good step to take after graduating college. About a year and a half ago, I thought I had my life all planned out — it was a pretty good plan too — but life is weird, life is wild, and life worked itself out in a way that was even better than what I had intended on doing.
To an extent, it was sporadic, yes, but that’s only because I knew that if I didn’t jump right in, I would give up. I would talk myself out of it. I would let myself down. And as scared and uncertain I am, I didn’t want that to happen. And I am happy I did that. I feel good about where I am and I am looking forward to what the future holds.
Here’s to another adventure in this journey. Hopefully it’s a good one.