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a quick recap

In June 2003, I flew to South Dakota for field training: the AFROTC equivalent of boot camp. Three weeks later, having failed three PT tests, all due to pushups, I was ejected with prejudice. This led to my forcible disenrollment from ROTC, and the transmutation of what had been a nice scholarship into a loan. At the time, I was convinced that it was the end of any possibility of a military flight career for me.

In June 2004, I was working among my friends and acquaintances at a small company they had started. Very soon thereafter, noting that they owed me thousands of dollars of salary and had been giving me the runaround as to when I would get it for over a month, I deleted all of my work from the company’s server in a bid to hold it hostage against my pay. I still haven’t seen that money.

In June 2005, I had a brand new computer science degree and my first post-college job. Naturally, the two had nothing to do with each other. I had no idea what to expect, living overseas completely outside my local support network, but figured that it couldn’t be all that hard. For the most part, that turned out to be correct.

In June 2006, the person who owned the franchise I worked for had recently died, and I had recently heard that his heir intended to close the business. The larger company would have happily relocated me; I was getting good reviews up to that point, but I had decided by then that I had very little interest in making a career out of teaching English. Since making that decision, I had been putting some effort into realizing a long-shot plan to fly for the Army.

In June 2007, I was sweating my way through Basic Training. I thought Fort Sill in June was unbearably hot and humid, but that was because I hadn’t yet been to Fort Rucker in August.

It is June of 2008 now, and I’ve completed the basic portion of flight school. A week from today I’ll know which advanced aircraft I’ll be training in, and three to seven months after that, the training will begin. In the meantime, I’ll be in a bubble: doing details much of the time, but with lots of time to myself. I think I’ll be able to deal with it.

I can’t help but think, looking back, that there are some advantages to taking a random walk through life. I may spend a lot more time before reaching any particular milestone, but I would have missed a ton of cool stuff had I decided to proceed in a straight line to and through any of them.

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Comment by "Rourke" Windows XP Mozilla Firefox Subscribed to comments via email
2008-06-20 05:47:12

You describe a sense of surrender to life and gratitude for what it brings you that is very good and deep.

Comment by Rourke Mac OS X Mozilla Firefox Subscribed to comments via email
2008-06-20 22:30:59

What the hell? No, I didn’t write the above comment. That’s really weird… I think Mom accidentally commented as me, since I’ve commented as “Rourke” and saved my data there… and she didn’t notice.

As for her comment and your recap, I find it to be interesting. Although I’m not the type to flourish in randomness myself (at least theoretically, I think I’ll make Big Plans someday) I see where you’re coming from. And in practice I think I might well end up living my life like you are.


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