As I reflect on my service to our country, and how others continue to serve so that I can live a life of my choosing, I want to take this opportunity to share an opportunity.
The opportunity I'm referring to is the opportunity to go after your dreams. Too often we limit what we believe we're capable of based on what we think we can achieve but I'm here to tell you that you can always achieve more than you think you can. Whatever stage of life you're in, you have dreams and if you've stopped dreaming along the way, it's time to start again! We never know what's around the next corner or what the day will bring so doesn't it make more sense for us to dream big?
When we dare to dream about our future, our wants our desires and our wishes, we become an example for others to start dreaming as well! Get that degree, get involved, ask him/her to marry you, take that trip, start that business, and above all, never let age determine what you dream about.
If you're reading this, and you think your dream is too lofty or could never come true, I have a perfect example of what a dream can create. All it took was one person with a dream to fulfill the wishes of fellow soldiers and a "Soldier's Wish" was born.
Their mission is to identify unmet needs of veterans of military service regardless of branch or rank and identify or provide resources to meet those needs by providing needed support directly to the veteran service members and/or their families in order that such service members can lead normal and productive lives. “Veterans” may be those who have served only a short time and are still on active duty, those who served a single enlistment, those who were discharged due to their wounds, and those who retired from active duty. In addition, Soldier’s Wish will educate the public about the needs of the veteran’s and active duty communities and encourage the public to participate in meeting those needs by volunteering and other means.
If you still think your dreams are too lofty, too big or too far out of your reach, keep a Soldier's Wish in mind and the next time you start to doubt yourself, remember what has already been achieved by one can also be achieved by many. After all, that's what our great country is all about!