Why? What was your reason for enlisting? Was it a passion to serve and protect? Is it because you were going to be given a gun? Did you dream of being a soldier since middle school, impatiently waiting for the day until you were able to wear a uniform? Or was it out of necessity? Was the armed forces your way to college or a better life? You had a reason, a why that drove the decision. What was it?
What was your vision? The hat sitting jauntily on your head as you stood at attention? Did you envision yourself leading a squadron of men into battle or dragging a fallen soldier behind you as you rushed to do your duty and stay alive? Did you see yourself jumping out of a plane when the mission called for it? Maybe you supposed you would be flying the plane? How did you see yourself before enlisting? How has your vision changed?
Your why is as important as your vision. In this context, they are essentially the same thing. Your why, your vision is the pool you drew from when your courage was called upon. Your why fueled the fire in your soul when your body threatened to shut down as you pushed it to its max. Your vision inspired you to continue when all odds seemed to indicate your present course of action was futile. You know your why, the nation needs to know your why.
Most people’s why changes and morphs and they learn and grow. It is the mind’s way of incorporating maturity into our dreams and goals. Your why may have not been as heroic sounding as others’ why but it took you and sustained you in a career that could potentially cost you your life. That alone is pretty heroic. Or maybe your why was a very altruistic reason. Your why, regardless of how you view it, is important because it is what will inspire others to be their best. I guarantee other people share your why. Whether they are a civilian or military, the lessons you have learned and are ready to share can fuel their why and give them the necessary energy to strive toward their goals and dreams. You are here for a reason. You always have been. I encourage you to use your experiences in and out of the military to inspire the world in change, love, courage, dedication and strength. I don’t know where you are but I do know sharing your why can help and sooth people who don’t know how to be what you are…a fighter.
Post written by Shannon McGill