10 years... Feet at a 45, thumbs along your trouser seams! Face forward, ears open, eyeballs click! Aye Aye Sir!
It's funny what fate has in store for us sometimes. Things you felt so sure about that turn out much differently than you ever could have imagined. Life is full of dreams, but in reality is nothing more than a combination of choices and opinions. Choices based on opinions, and opinions based on choices. It's all the same in the end, you live with those choices as with the results of them.
These footprints changed my life forever, albeit not nearly in the way I had expected. They set me on a path that has molded me into the person I am today. They taught me how to work as one and what leadership really meant. I learned a great deal about myself, my true self... a self... that wasn't truly me. I don't know if I will ever reconcile the way I conducted myself but there is no choice but to continue forward. I will never know what could have been, where I would be, who I would know, what I would have done, would I be alive... All I know is I got a second chance to be a Father to my son and to be with the one I love most, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. Many thanks to all the men and women out there that fulfilled their commitments, and many apologies for me not fulfilling mine. Goodnight Chesty, wherever your are... #yellowfootprints #USMC #MarineCorps #SemperFi