In 2012 I made the worst and best mistake of my life. I took a shotgun and several accomplices to rob a pawn/jewelry store. Worst mistake because like all mistakes, thorough consideration and paying closer attention to my inner being could’ve avoided me this pitstop. Best because who would I be without my life’s experiences? I made a point now to learn from every source I can, even my flaws. There are no losses in lessons.
During the aforementioned time period, unbeknownst to myself I was battling and losing a bout with PTSD. I am proud to write that I am an Honorably Discharged Military Veteran. My brand of choice was the U.S. Navy. Proud not because of the service I volunteered for, but proud because I made it out without being kicked out. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade my military experience or services either, but in every sense of the word, I am an individual. Never tried to fit in, and love being different, my true self (or as much as myself that I knew how to be at the time). This doesn’t concur with the military’s doctrines. If they could make service members nameless and faceless I’m sure they would. Long story short, my four years were hard on my psyche. Two months after my service ended my volcano erupted and I found myself behind bars.
The journey has been long but necessary. I accepted my greatest challenge, facing myself and finding myself. The love that I found within and the motivation to be my best and most positive self in any situation is priceless.
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