There hasn’t been much that I have regretted in my life. I never thought twice about joining the Army. I came from a military family and always knew what was expected of me. I never regretted skipping college either. My father pushed me very hard in school and I was completely exhausted by my senior year of high school. I am grateful for it, but it made me despise our education system. So I traveled the world as a soldier and totally immersed myself into the Korean culture multiple times. No regrets. I read every book I could get my hands onto and kept meticulous notes on what I learned. I studied and practiced different religions and still finding my way. I jumped out of countless planes to get over my fear of heights. For years I sought out the toughest assignments in my field that kept me in line to lead, train, and mentor soldiers. It kept me up a lot of days and nights. No regrets.
Twenty-two years of serving in defense of this Nation. Ten in peace and twelve during combat. 192,848 hours. No regrets. I haven’t agreed with the outcome of every decision I have made, but I learned from all my failures and it has made me better in the long run. Truly. I have lost friendships and relationships. I have lost soldiers and friends in combat and peacetime training. I have questioned their loss in the quiet times of meditation and solace. But I never have regretted knowing any of them or the profound effect that they have had on my life. No regrets.
There are many more things that I plan to do in the coming years. Finish my degree. Continue my blog. Start a podcast. Write a book or two. Create a lifestyle business helping others. No matter what it is I do, I will not regret one thing.