See at the age of nineteen before I joined the military l knew school is where I wanted to end up, at the time I just didn't know what I wanted to pursue. Personally I think being eighteen and having to pick a "future" is totally unreal.
Do we even know at eighteen what we want?
I was definitely one of those lost souls at that time, so of the many options, I began to explore the military for the benefits I could receive.
One of the main reasons for this inquiry was the chance to live overseas. My recruiter had lived in England, and at that time I was completely enthralled by this possibility!
Another main reasons was school. See I always knew I wanted to continue my education post high school, but at the age of nineteen after living in Guatemala I wasn't so sure this was the right time.
Four years went by in a blur and I learned many things about myself. I learned the extremes to which I could be pushed, the true strength I possessed, and earned an overall discipline for life.
I came out of the military with a different type of focus.
Breaking Free & Feeding the Mind
I'm a month out from graduating from a University and honestly I'm completely overjoyed by the experience. This time was not all a cake walk, but as I reflect on it I can honestly say it's been an opportunity like no other.
No there wasn't crazy frat parties, countless hookups or drunken stupors, what I got was something way more fulfilling, the liberation of mind.
See for the last four years I have been able to just learn. No job, no major financial worries, no holding back, just immersing myself within my studies.
I have been able to get an education on my terms. I've pursued studies that have sincerely held my interest, that I feel passionate about and which I know will help guide my life of travel or whatever else may come my way.
As I prepare for a month long road trip and a new life in the northwest, somehow I know this new stance on life will be of great use to where this road ends, and where the new road begins.
Cheers to new beginnings!