While going through high school I did my part to figure out what I wanted to do when I finished. While telling my family, I was sent a huge reality check as I told them I wanted to join the Marine Corp. I found out that all men in my family had been in different military branches except for the Marines. I was 6 feet tall and only weighed a slender 150 pounds. No one wanted me to nor thought I could make it. I sat for days thinking about this and wondering if I could. When the day came to leave (scared but determined) I left without telling anyone goodbye. I wanted to follow in their footsteps and show them I had what it took, and sure enough I was able to do just that. After a long and treacherous boot camp I was able to knock at my dad's door, in proper uniform, and show him ANYONE who wants to become something can. The story doesn't end here though. After surviving just over 8 wonderful years, I was medically discharged due to 2 major injuries I had sustained. I now have seizures and a huge ongoing problem with my left eye as it slowly goes out on me. My wife, friends and family can't believe how with these 2 problems I can wake every morning with a smile on my face and a good morning to all. I see it like this, I woke that morning so the day has already started great. That is something I always say and try to make the day the best possible, even with my injuries holding me back. Just another reason to push forward even harder. Semper Fidelis!
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