There are times when you go through life and you bitch and moan about this or that and the next day you look back (if you even remember anything about it the next day) and think “it wasn’t that big of a deal”. It’s easy to get wrapped up into trivial things especially if you have several trivial things hitting you at once, at work, with the kids, whatever.
Don’t forget to take a deep breath, step aside and think to yourself “is it worth me getting all worked up about?” If you did that you would find that most times it’s not worth it. In the big scheme, it really isn’t worth it.
Attitude is everything. You can be put in the shittiest positions and if you can look at it from a different view for just a second and think, “I can improve this” you know what, your right, you can.
If you think you can or you can’t, your right…it’s up to you.
The warrior in the video below didn’t let the bad conditions of Afghanistan get him down. He was a mine sweeper. Besides EOD, I don’t know of a more dangerous job and everyone, everyone is depending on you to pick up that slight change in tone of an IED signature in your headset that will save multiple Marines lives. This warrior identified the IED by sight and had the courage, maturity and guts to push away one Marine and warn the others before even thinking that his life would be in danger. He was looking out for his brothers and in doing so saved them. I’m sure he has saved others before by detecting IEDs in the short time he was there in Afghanistan. You don’t stay the “sweeper” if you are not good at it.
Lance Corporal Donald Hogan had his trials and tribulations during his deployment in Afghanistan I’m sure. Everyone does. It’s what you do with the situation your put into that matters the most and what you or everyone around you will look back on and remember the next day.
Time for a CGar!
The Navy Cross is the highest medal that can be awarded by the Department of the Navy and the second-highest award given for valor. It is normally awarded only to members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard but could be awarded to all branches of U.S. military and members of foreign militaries.