Posts tagged ‘air force’

March 31, 2013

What is success?

 

 

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I remember growing up, hearing a lot of my friends say that they want to be successful in life when they grew up. But as I got older, I realized that everyone’s definition of success varies quite vastly from one person to the next. Some people saw success as owning many sports cars and being a successful business owner. Others saw success as following in the footsteps of someone that they viewed as successful. But what is success?

Now, this is only from what I’ve seen and experienced, but I feel that success is something that is entirely relevant to your situation. You don’t have to be a Nobel Peace Prize winner in order to be a successful person. You don’t have to be the founder of a new technology that will revolutionize the way people live. Yea, that’s totally an awesome goal to reach for, but you can find success in everyday little things as well.

As humans, I feel that we are accustomed to having something more. We are never quite satisfied with where we are at. If we could only have that one object, or know that certain person, everything would be better. But I’ve found out that it doesn’t matter what the ‘next’ thing is, if you’re not satisfied with yourself, then you might miss all of those little things is life that can make even the smallest successes into the greatest achievements.

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In high school, I felt that the greatest success would be if I were to get into the college that I wanted to. But now that I’m in that college, it doesn’t really feel like the success that I had imagined. Now my vision of success is to graduate and get a job. But being in Air Force ROTC really is a blessing in that I don’t have to worry about that. It’s always something more, what can I do more to be more successful. It is a consuming dilemma.

But I realize that success is what you make it. I realize that if I look back one year from today and see the type of person that I was then, if my past self would be proud of the person I am now, that is success for me. If I am a better person now, than I was one year ago, that is something that I am proud of. And what does ‘better’ necessarily mean?

We live in a world with over 7 billion people now. It is very easy to look down on others or be selfish and look out for #1. Very easy. But success for me is knowing that I am just another person, knowing that I can make a difference in the life of someone else. A few summers ago, I went to a camp for disabled children, a volunteer opportunity to serve those that were diagnosed with various debilitating illnesses. It was one of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had the opportunity to have. At the end, the camper I took care of was in tears, because he told me that out in the ‘real’ world no one has treated him with the love and care that we were able to provide. And it was definitely a stinger to the heart, because knowing that when he went back to his school others would pick on him (some of his stories were heartbreaking). For these kids, this camp is heaven and knowing that I made a difference in one other person, I saw that as a major success in my life. Knowing that I can be like a large majority of people, looking out for only myself, but I choose not to be. I have the means and the resources to help others, so why keep it all to myself?

Because of that one experience, along with a countless others, I am on my current path now of being that officer in the Air Force. Why, the Air Force? Serving in the military that protects the rights of people like you and me seemed to be the best way I felt that I could give back. Not only that but following the example that my dad put forth, being in the Army was a major contributor to my decision. I don’t know what it was, but there’s just something so gratifying in helping others and putting yourself 2nd to put the needs of those around you.

And that is what success is to me. Knowing that if I’m able to make someone’s life even just a bit more easy at my expense, it was all worth it in the end. It’s not what I can do for myself, or about the amount of money, or the number of people that you know. It’s about knowing that someone did that for me, who didn’t even know me, before I was even born. This one’s to the one that saw the value in my life even before I was born. This one’s to you, Jesus.

From 2009

From 2009

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January 6, 2013

And one more!

I know I haven’t been posting lately, but there hasn’t been anything to procrastinate from in the past few weeks, being on break and all! Haha, but will definitely get back into the swing of things here pretty soon. With school looming around the corner and everything. But in the meantime, here’s one more award that Nina was kind enough to give out. It’s an honor to be considered inspiring, since at times I have to inspire myself to get out of bed. So thank you once again!

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So the rules :

* Display the award logo on your blog

* Link back to the person who nominated you

* State seven things about yourself

* Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them

* Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

Seven things about myself:

1. One weird fact I noticed about myself. I always get 8 hours of sleep, exactly, when left to sleep in. No matter what time I go to bed, it’s always 8 hours. Weird.

2. I love reading horror stories! The ones that make you think well past finishing the tale. I just read through my brother’s copy of Scary Stories To Read in the Dark…and I still couldn’t get over how terrifying those images are that are scattered throughout the book. I just couldn’t get enough! And then I thought…how many kids has this book scarred already?

Yes, that is a severed head. A bloody, severed head...In a children's book.

Yes, that is a severed head. A bloody, severed head…In a children’s book.

3. Every time I come home for the holidays…I tend to eat way more than I should. But shhh, that’s only between you and me. I can never get enough of the pies that we have…Pecan, Pumpkin, Key-lime, Sweet Potato…oh man. I’m going to have to get a slice now, with some ice-cold milk. Thanks. Just thanks.

4. Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Samurai Jack were some of my favorite shows being younger. And I’m way excited since I just got the entire collection for both! It’s almost too good to be true….

5. I just found out that I qualify to be a pilot in the AF. I still have selection boards and everything, so even though it’s still a long shot, we’ll see how that turns out. It’s definitely opens up a couple more doors in the long run.

6. I will listen to a song that I like repeatedly…to the point where I just don’t find it the same as when I first heard it. And that makes me a bit sad, especially if I really liked the song…The latest song that I just can’t stop listening to:

Just listen through it once, preferably with RainyMood and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

7. I’m really into things that are paranormal, things that can’t be explained, but nonetheless creepy. Kind of weird but I like having those chills down my spine. It definitely gets the adrenaline going, and sharpens the senses.

And the Nominees:

bardessdmdenton

PURE INSTINCT

Words from my Soul

Anti-static Electricity

Sweet As NZ Girl

Alphabravoecho

Sitamar

Some Summer Sunday

whatthefuckintheworld

Rant and Roll

J P Marshman

Supersonic Euphony

The 19th Letter

Thoughts. Dreams. Memories.

The Serious Butterfly

Well so thank you once again Nina! You truly are an inspiration :)

February 6, 2012

My Reason, My Desire

Nice to see that wordpress changed up a bit in the short time I was gone. Wow! Thank you to everyone that has stopped by! Haha, just stopping by here totally made my day :D I’ve been just pressed for time lately and school has been keeping me a bit stressed, but what can you do? Some stress is good for you I guess haha. Anyways, I had a few minutes and I just wanted to share with you what has been on my mind lately. I just made this and I hope that you will enjoy!

Without the sacrifices of the men and women as these, we would not be here today. At least I know for sure I wouldn’t. Thank you once again for your amazing words of support! I’m going to have to keep this one short before I head back into the thick of things!

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