I remember very vividly the day that I decided to join the Army and why. I had been mulling it over in my head a few months before, but I don’t think I was ever really serious about it. Then, 9/11 happened. That is when it all changed for me.
I recall walking into the recruiter’s office and telling them I want to join and why. I was pissed. I was sad. I didn’t want those fucking terrorist bastards to hurt anymore people who I love and care about. That is why I chose to volunteer for the U.S. Army and wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of ‘up to and including my life’.
The next 7 years were full of triumph, adventure, overcoming personal fears, and most importantly, figuring out who the real me was.
I love helping people. In one facet or another, I will always be looking for ways to help those who are not as fortunate as I am.
After a few years of many different facets of entrepreneurship, I decided that the current path that I was on was no longer working for me, so I changed it. I changed it very drastically. That’s the way I change everything in my life when it’s not working. I cut it off with a huge sword and leave the dying growth that used to be there lying on the ground and never look at it again.
I had been wanting to do volunteer work out of the country for many years, but I kept creating excuses as to why I couldn’t. Then I made an excuse as to why I could.
Was it hard to let go of everything material possession I had and venture out to another city and country I had never lived in and commit 5 months of my life to something I had never experienced before? You better believe it was. But I did it. I JUST DID IT. That’s all it takes to make a change in our life. Just make the change we want. We can make excuse after excuse as to why we can’t doing something, but at the end of the day, the end result has to be ACTION. There is no replacement for it.
I just finished up my second month of my volunteer work here in Tapachula with Mision Mexico, and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. The days are long and the work is very exhausting, both physically and emotionally. But at the end of the day, I know that I am helping create a better life for these kids that society wanted to just throw away.
When I’m finished with my work here, I have a rough idea of what I want to do “for a living”. It doesn’t matter what it is I want to do, as long I take the action to make it happen. I can tell you that it will involve fresh fish, paddle boarding and a nice warm beach with crystal clear water and a hammock, along with helping the local community better themselves with new and improved business practices and processes. Why? Because that is my calling in life. Helping others so they can help themselves.
What is your calling in life?