- On November 11, 2020
“Yes, Drill Sergeant! One!”
How did I wind up on hands and knees in boots, fatigues, and helmet, pushing away the Kentucky dirt?
I blame it on Elaine, my college classmate. If she hadn’t invited me (or did I invite myself?) to hear the ROTC lunch pitch, would I ever have imagined that crawling through mud would be the start of a very fulfilling career? Not likely.
Four, Drill Sergeant.”
Pull-ups, push-ups, road marches and 0-dark-thirty morning runs, joining the Army was the best decision I had ever made at that point in my young life. I learned to lead and to follow. To persevere and be resilient. To serve a cause greater than myself.
It was the experience I had no idea I needed–and that transformed who I have become.
“Nine, Drill Sergeant.”
Here’s to Elaine, my sister-in-arms.
For teaching me to drive stick in your red VW bug, stalling out on every hill from New Jersey to Kentucky and back.
For toughing it out and making sure I toughed it out too.
For daring me to uncover my own courage to be all I could be.
“On your feet!” “Present, Arms!”
On Veteran’s Day, In gratitude, I salute you.
~ Who in your life has dared you to surpass your own expectations? ~
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