|Stitches and Summer Days
||[Apr. 21st, 2009|11:17 pm]
Die Before Honor
Hey everybody. I'm still alive and kicking!
I've got some stitches to prove it! I'll have a pretty sweet scar above my eye now - go me!
I just wanted to give you all an update on my life right now. Well, earlier this semester, life had its ups and downs with a certain girl. I think it was the best part about this semester thus far... but that ended a couple months ago and I've just been dredging on for the past couple months.
Good part is - I am about half way through my Naval Academy tour. In 2 more years, I'll be a commissioned officer and headed back into reality.
I've quit smoking. No, seriously. I can't stand it anymore. I met up with my friend and a couple (with 3 kids) and had a good time in DC. He's a pretty good guy - former Marine, great family. He's going to die in less than 5 years from Emphysema... only 40 yrs old.
I couldn't stop thinking about it... how can everyone carry on as if that day isn't coming? I know they have their reasons for moving past it, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for the man. I don't pity him, but I do feel sorrow for his family already. I've heard the stories of Veterans in the VA Hospital that are dying of cancer and emphysema and etc, but there's something different when you actually befriend someone with it.
I cannot stand the thought that I'd be somewhere, someday, with a family, and still smoking - I don't want cigarettes to be the reason behind my family and friends having to suffer what I'd be choosing to give up. So I'm not smoking regularly anymore. It's time to cowboy up and move past it.
Any smokers out there? I suggest you quit... it's a waste of our money and time. I'll be suffering right there with ya!
As far as the summer goes, I'll be here for the first month, over in San Diego and other West Coast cities for the 2nd month, and in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for the third month. On August 8th, I'll be leaving Hawaii and headed up to West Point (USMA) to go there for a semester on exchange. It should be a great time!
And who knows - I doubt my life will be too boring this summer. I just wish there was more to it than the Navy. Ah, one day, there will be. I'll count my blessings for now. :)
Fuck yeah, America. haha