Spirit of the Warrior: A Description
Simply, I describe the spirit of the warrior as the reason that a warrior came to be. I think that questions and self reflection give light to the spirit of the warrior. In my mind I am always trying to answer the question “why?” Having a good answer to that questions will dictate your actions. The easiest way to describe this process is to make a statement about yourself and then ask “why?” three to five times.
For me my why is the love I have for my family. I chose to join the Marines because of the events of 11 September, 2001. At the time I was only 11 years old and I didn’t fully understand what was going on. Over the next six years I heard many stories of heroes and war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those stories and the remembrance of September 11th inspired me to join the Marines.
Ultimately, my love for my family is what drove me to join the Marines. I felt that it was the most fitting way to give back to them. My parents were very good to me when I was young. They always provided for me and ensured that I had the opportunity to try new things and do what I wanted to do. That’s how I started playing lacrosse in high school. Lacrosse, for those that don’t know, is an expensive sport and my parents supported me fully. I played four years in high school and college. Honestly, if it were not for lacrosse I would have enlisted after graduating high school.
What Is My Why Now?
Now that I have been in the Marines for a few years I have had time to think about why I do what I do. I think that nowadays I still do what I do because of the gift of leading Marines and also being able to provide for my family. Neither of these two things are easy or simple, but they are rewarding beyond description. Being able to have a positive impact on anyone’s life is a huge blessing in any situation. I just have the opportunity while wearing a Marine Corps Uniform while I’m at work. Now I also have my own family to look after at home. Someday I’ll be able to tell my sons about why I chose to serve in the Marines.
Children are incredible because of the great potential that they possess. They could become something great someday. While I cannot control their actions. I see myself as a teacher and mentor for them beyond being a father to them. The most important thing I can do is model for them how they should live. My life has been an incredible adventure so far and I am blessed to be where I am today. The next five years will bring many challenges at home and at work.
The Importance of Why
I think that a huge part of a warrior mindset is having a reason for doing anything. Do not float through life without thinking about what you are doing and deciding for yourself if that is what you want to do. Every moment is precious and life is fleeting. I constantly think about the daily grind and how I can get as much benefit out of a single day as I possibly can. Now my life revolves around my family and my work, but every person can determine for themselves what their top priorities are and align their daily actions with those goals.