Future & Purpose For a Warrior's Heart
Once we leave our ranks, our inner selves compete among the veteran community and within ourselves to find a balance in our lives. Some of us will feel trapped within the constant battling of where we belong anymore. The uniform comes off and for what?
Some veterans question how they will ever feel that call of duty again; the adrenaline rush they felt anytime a mission came in. Some recall the recoil of their weapon, the smells that followed them everywhere they went. Some recall their Drill Sergeant's voice or the phone calls home from overseas. Memories fluctuate as they fade in and out, but the veteran continues to move forward with their life.
For some, having a future is heartbreaking because their fallen comrades will never again be making future goals and plans. A future signifies as new beginnings, yet some feel a part of them is lost in a certain time frame. What about purpose? A sense of purpose to a mission they don't want to be a part of? Society would describe a successful life as having a family, a career, and various hobbies. However, depression takes on every aspect that defines "good" and "bad" and meshes them into one.
Once depression pricks a good soul, it's a rot that spreads like a disease. That future and purpose instantly vanish and become meaningless. Veterans carry a "baggage" of good and bad that reflect their military experience, and though not all veterans struggle, their perceptions of life altogether are different, unique. Sometimes it takes another vet just to pick up on the signs.