My job / my life

I could spend an unconscionable amount of time complaining about my job:

-sometimes the people REALLY suck and are needlessly arrogant

-the work is often times redundant, mummified in layers of red tape and counter productive to the overall point

-I seem to have very little say in what happens to my family geographically

But what’s the point? A. I’m sure there are quite a bit of other people in the work force who could match me complaint for complaint, and B) if i’m not actively working to improve the factors then i’m essentially just making myself miserable for no reason right? I’ll just end up burned out and frustrated like George Costanza there.

So for my entry today I’m talking about my job and focusing on the positives of which there are truthfully many. I titled the post “my job / my life” because, being a Soldier, the two are mutually exclusive, influencing each other pretty heavily.

The first glaring point to talk about would be the ability to work at all. To be healthy and able-bodied enough to financially provide a comfortable life for my family while still having money left over to explore hobbies that bring me joy seems to be a somewhat elusive thing for some. While my family and I definitely work through the wickets to earn that money, we still manage to hold it together pretty well all things considered.

The opportunities I’ve been provided with over the course of nearly 16 years in the Army are pretty fantastic. As I sit in a Marriott in Des Moines, IA I can’t help but reflect on the unique travel opportunities I’ve had. I’ve visited most of the 50 states on the government dime, swam in the persian gulf, attended a new year’s ceremony at Shurijo Castle in Okinawa, swam in the East China sea, drank Soju in South Korea, navigated dust storms in the middle east, climbed mount Rainier and visited the space needle. I paid nothing, minus admission fees where applicable, to travel to most of these places.

The training I’ve received is also a privilege. I was trained to jump out of airplanes with a self deploying parachute, I routinely get to shoot some fun weapons, I’ve learned a plethora of survival skills (and had fun learning some of them). I have been trained in skills which are lucrative in the civilian sector and which otherwise require a lot of extensive and expensive training to acquire. I actually got paid to do all of this.

The point is, this otherwise difficult job has, retrospectively, been pretty great. I’ve matured so much and learned many lessons about life and the plethora of cultures in the world.

Regardless of the difficulties in your chosen profession, actively search for the positives and see how much your outlook and disposition improve.

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