But we forget it way too often. It’s important to take a look around everyday and see that. I’ll start, then you can do it on your own (This was actually wrote about 15 hrs ago but felt it was important to keep it in the tense I wrote it in at the time). First off, I am blessed to have a job that I love. It gives me the opportunities of a lifetime. For example, as I type this out on my iPad, with Kip Moore’s song “Beer Money” playing through my headphones, it is 1 am early Monday morning, depending on which time zone I’m in. Which I don’t really know because I’m also roughly 25,000 ft above the ground in an airplane than costs over $200 million. It moves people and equipment all over the world every single day. It’s the C-17. Here take a look. This is the view to my left:
And this is the view to my right:
We are all traveling back to Charleston after an exercise on the other side of the country. There are people on this jet from Florida, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Indiana, and other states as well. The backgrounds cover any spectrum you can imagine. All the people on this plane have some role in making sure this plane gets up off the ground. When I actually step back and see the big picture, it’s incredible. I am extremely blessed to work in a career where I can be a part of something much bigger than myself. I am blessed to work with some of the greatest Americans the country has ever seen. I am blessed to work in a career that allows me to see the world. In just under 3 years on active duty, I’ve been to New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Germany, Afghanistan, Seattle, San Francisco, “an undisclosed location in SW Asia (everyone’s favorite)”, Missouri, North and South Carolina, all over Texas, Florida, and Georgia. I am blessed to have a career that allows me to have not just a roof over my head, cover my health insurance, and feeds me, but allows me to have nice things (3D Tv, iPad, new truck, etc).
Those aren’t even the best things in my life. I’m blessed with friends who I consider to just be an extension of my family. Speaking of, I’m blessed to have a family that has always/will continue to love me, supported me in all I do, and in general just be total bad ass. I’m blessed to be healthy and the opportunity to live in a country in which people are free to say whatever they want, believe whatever they want, pursue any job they want, and the penalty (from a legal stand point) is nothing. My life is great. But I’m not writing to brag.
After all, I know plenty of people who have some of the exact same blessings as I do. Some have even more to be thankful for. The whole point of this post is to let all 7 of you who read this that we have to step back from our average day-to-day routine and realize how awesome we have it. Never lose sight of those closest to you and how much you love them. You have to try pretty damn hard to tell them “I love you” too much. I honestly don’t think it’s possible. When you complain about how “stressful” your life is, just stop. Is it REALLY that stressful? It might be, but most of the “stressful” things in our life really aren’t. Oh yeah tell me how stressed out you are because your job is ACTUALLY making you do something. What’s that? You’re stressed because you have to do homework? Hell I’m just as guilty for this next one. “The Dallas Cowboys (or your favorite team) is really stressing me out and taking years off my life!” Those aren’t really things to stress. We do that to ourselves. Stress is not knowing if you can put food on the table tonight. Stress is a servicemen driving in Afghanistan knowing at any moment he or she could be shot or they could set off a bomb in the road. Stress is not being able to pay medical bills. Stress is not knowing if you will have a place to live next month.
We are spoiled. We take life for granted. Nothing is guaranteed, except death and taxes. We don’t have time to be “stressed”. We barely are giving enough time on the earth to treasure our experiences (and sometimes aren’t). Life is wonderful for all of us. It may not seem like it some days, but it really is a beautiful life everyone has. Don’t ever forget it.