Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In my two minute research of this quote I couldn’t find a definite source so I don’t feel compelled to “quote” this. It could’ve been Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin or Alcoholics Anonymous. Who cares? It’s a good one-liner that someone may look upon to help re-center themselves.
When you expect change in life, it’s really up to you. Not God, your parents, or even luck. We all will have those defining moments in life when we realize life will not be the same depending on the choice we make. Even if its up to God, he’s still waiting for you to make the first move.
When I was in AIT (before being assigned a unit in the military) I had a choice to make with no time to think. It was at the end of a long day and we were getting ‘smoked’ outside the barracks for some guys that snuck down to the female rooms the night before. I think they forgot we were there to learn how to drive trucks, not be conductors on trains. Anyways, as we were laid out on the sidewalk they called for volunteers to be sent to Fort Benning and jump out of planes. I raised my hand almost immediately. My fate would be sealed. I learned shortly thereafter that if I wouldn’t have volunteered, Colorado would have been my first duty station instead of Fort Bragg. If that were the case my deployments would have been different, I wouldn’t have the friends I do and I’d probably have a different attitude in general about my experience with the military. Hell, I may even be dead by now.
I did what I did for myself. I wasn’t happy with my life and I decided to make the change without anyone else’s input. Things turned out all right. I had my fun, I learned my lessons and now it’s time for the good stuff. I hope.
My question at this point is ‘What now?’ Who’s going to be there when the day is done?