As for me to walk away is to leave the comfort zone behind, to begin anew. The most significant changes have occurred three times now, and each time I have learned so much, undoubtedly I will walk away again.
Walking Away the First time
I was eighteen, a boy, immaturely confident, experience seeker. I chose to bypass the normal. I decided to move to a third world country...Guatemala.
I left my familiar setting of first world living and wanted to get accustomed to another way of life. I wanted to experience another way of doing things, another approach at life.
As I left all the unfamiliar behind (at this point in my life) I could have never fully realized how much this experience would shape me in the future. I wasn't ready for the lessons this experience would teach me.
Walking Away the Second time
Leaving my family once again, in pursuit of a life that molded in a complete different manner, the military life. I went even further, and leaped at any chance to be stationed overseas....I got my wish.
I was deconstructed and reconstructed to operate under an environment in which you must relinquish your life, so that others may hold it at their will, I gave up my freedom.
This moment in life taught me so much, so very fast. No longer was I able to enjoy my youth, I had to grow up..and fast! Much responsibility was thrown my way, and I had to handle it with only the tools (lessons) my parents had given me throughout my young life.
Walking Away the Third time
Even from the first signing of military paperwork I somehow already knew this would not be a life I would want to live out. Nothing since the initial signing changed my mind.
The Military and I were like a bad marriage (not suited for one another). I thought one way, they thought another, they wanted to much control, I wanted less control.
This time I walked away but with two other people by my side, a wife and a child. As a family we chose to walk away and pursue another life. One that would leave the steady income, fixed career path, and easy life sailing. Instead we chose education, enlightenment, that formal piece of paper that states you have achieved a higher education.
Currently I'm on the path to EARNING that piece of paper, I am no longer a married a man, but still very much a loving father, and co-parent to an amazing little girl.
so I begin the stages to walk away yet again. By this time next year I would have walked away from the familiar settings of my home state and family, to move to the West Coast so that my daughter and her mother may be amongst their family.
It's a decision I believe to be the best, and so I will follow it until I make the next move in my life.
Walking away can be scary, but it doesn't have to be. Do not fear change, embrace it.
When you become more comfortable with that idea you begin to realize that change is inevitable and it will happen.
Sometimes in life it's better to just walk away. From a problem, from our past, from the things holding us back. Walking away can position your back towards the past, but it will leave you fully in view of the future.
Sometimes Walking Away can lead you down the right path
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