As Thanksgiving 2007 approaches, I reflect on the past couple of months. In my previous post you see the official AF message that went out 5 hours or so after my accident………..
Now, for those of you that don’t know me that well may automatically judge me…as many have. That’s ok, it’s human nature, and your entitled to your opinion. However, I am one of those people that believe everything happens for a reason. Why did this happen?? Well, unfortunately I don’t know the exact reason at this point in my life, but I do know that it has really taught me the meaning of true friendship. I have had many people support me since the accident and no matter what were right by my side. I am so thankful for the friends I have been blessed with. Without their support and encouragement, my life could be on a very different path. However, there were many there putting a boot in my ass when I needed it and ensured I got out of the rut. There is still a ton of shit that lies ahead. I still have a criminal court case pending as well as punishment from the Air Force. Even with all of that going on, I know that I will be ok and that my life isn’t bad at all. See, I’m one of the lucky ones. I really shouldn’t be here right now. I broke my neck in two places and should have died. What amazed the doctors even more is that I am walking. There was an hour or so when I was in the emergency room that I had no movement in my legs and feet. The doctor would tell me to wiggle my toes and I thought I was, but there was no movement. Everything came back a couple of hours later. I went into surgery Sunday morning and there were 5 similar surgeries the same day and before I went under the doctor looked at me and said that I would be the only one walking afterwards…..
Many of you also know that I was in two IED attacks during my year in Iraq. On 5 Jan 2006 we never made it to our destination that day and two soldiers gave their life with 5 days from going home.
I tell you all of this to illustrate just how thankful I am for EVERYTHING I have. No matter what happens with the court case and punishment, it’s not that bad. I got to come back from Iraq and even though I have made some extremely bad decisions since than, I got a second chance and am able to take what is about to fall upon me. There are many out there that don’t get the opportunity I have been given.
Well, I hope that if nothing else this have given you pause to sit and reflect on the things you are thankful for. I am just as guilty as the next person for getting caught up in the daily grind and taking things for granted. However, I’ve learned that life is short and can change in an instant so try to live everyday likes it’s your last and never forget that no matter what is going on in you life, it isn’t that bad in the big scheme of things.