What was the worst day of your life? Was is as bad as you think it was?
For the longest time, something that always jumped into my consciousness was one of the first direct firefights I was in.
Someone literally trying to take my life from me.
11pm at night on a hilltop outside of Ghazni, Afghanistan with a 3 man team, outnumbered 4 to 1 and they had the high ground .
For years, all I could think about was that night. The sounds, the smells, the feel. The tracers burning on the hood of the humvee after hitting the bulletproof glass.
But about 7 years ago my mindset started changing. Obviously the situation couldn’t change, it already happened.
I started seeing my buddy slow motion jumping off a small cliff like a swan dive to avoid the machine gun rounds that chased him. I remember me bouncing on the roof of the humvee as I held on to the turret as it drove away down the valley.
It was a total shit show, and frankly, kind of hilarious.
Once you took out the negative aspects, the rest of it was actually okay, laughable, unreal, and a rush.
So think about the worst day of your life, and remove the negativity. What’s left in that memory? Was it kind of silly? Was it adrenaline packed? Was it worth the stress you’ve put yourself through since?
You can’t change the past. But you can change your perspective, and eventually see the good side of things.
You have the ability.