I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.
I am coming to find that imagery is a very powerful and real thing. If you have something that takes over your mind often, no matter how CRAZY it may be, you need to keep thinking about it and even dream implausible scenarios because that will be your fuel. Your passion will become reality when you put in the ridiculous hours and sweat (if that’s your forte), just because you can only think about the craziness that overtakes your daydreaming. When you learn to function like this, life will all of a sudden start working more and more in your favor.
Please take a minute to read and repost this in order to spread the word. This man is still on the run and he deserves to be caught. I have quoted the message I received from one of my friends and I hope you all will help boost it so that he is found.
Many of you have probably seen me post about this on social media, and I apologize to those of you who have for the redundancy, but this is a matter that is extremely important.
Edly Atherley, shown in the news link below, brutally murdered his wife, my cousin Ashley, over the Thanksgiving break. He is still on the run and we need everyone’s help to find him! I know that everyone is busy with finals, but I beg all of you to just take a few minutes to click the news link and repost it to facebook, twitter, tumblr, wherever you see fit.
I only ask that you please keep racial or otherwise prejudice comments out of your reposts, as we (Ashley’s family) do not wish to pass judgement on anyone else but the singular person that committed this crime. We need to get the word out so that he has no place to hide!
Especially if you’re going home to the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA or TAMPA BAY area keep a look out for Edly, and if you see him call the local police immediately! Keep in mind that he is now BALD, despite the news photo, which shows him with hair. DO NOT APPROACH HIM! He is extremely dangerous!
This is a truly terrible tragedy, and nobody deserves what Ashley went through, or what her two young daughters will now have to endure. Don’t just do this for Ashley and her grieving family, but for the women across America that are suffering from domestic violence every day.
If you’d like to help out even more, I’ve included the link to the facebook page dedicated to finding Ashley’s killer and raising awareness about domestic violence in her honor. Please help bring this man to justice!”
Please, guys. We know who he is now all we have to do is catch him. I cannot stress the importance of this tragic event as a sad reminder of how much more violent domestic abuse can turn. It is horribly sad that someone on their way out had to die this way. Please follow both of the above links and show your support by reposting and keeping your eyes out for this man. Thanks, guys.
Time to focus on my Navy goals and early graduation. It was a bittersweet parting, but in my heart I know it was all for the best.
So, in honor of my departing, I will share with you all the three most important things I learned during my time in ROTC:
1. It’s all about heart.
There were days in the beginning when PT seemed impossible, and sometimes my mind would race and search for any reason to fall out. But I quickly learned that it’s better to be slow and steady than to quit. That’s how consistency evolves into improvement. If you can show that you have the drive to improve, to never quit, to never accept defeat…you’re already halfway to becoming a warrior.
2. My failure is my battle buddy’s; my battle buddy’s failure is mine.
The opposite is also true when referring to success. The military - and especially the Army - is built upon an unwavering esprit de corps. And that involves taking responsibility for your own actions while also taking responsibility for the actions of whomever stands beside you. If I don’t work at my best level, my battle buddy will suffer. If he/she doesn’t work at his/hers, I will suffer. It is this codependency that establishes the American Profession of Arms’ most precious keystone: trust.
3. The mission goes deeper than mere patriotism; the responsibility belongs to more than 1%.
The military is not just an occupying force that boasts raw power. It is driven by more than just a love for the land we stand on. These are men and women who want to represent the democratic institution with respect and dignity; they know it is reflected in their character. These are men and women who believe in the defense of basic human rights. The Stars and Stripes are simply a symbol for the ultimate goal: peace. I have heard the cadre say multiple times, “If my job weren’t necessary, I’d be that much happier. But it’s my duty to always be ready. I know I’m capable. So I took the oath.” The oath taken to defend one’s country is lifelong. You uphold it until you die. Just because there are people in uniform does not mean that the responsibility belongs solely to them. We all are responsible for serving the human race in whichever way we are capable.
I am so thankful to have been able to learn and train with the cadre and future officers of the Seminole Battalion. Although my goals are steering me in another direction right now, I will hold what I’ve learned close to my heart and intend to apply it to a life in the Navy.