Within 48 hours I'm on track to be back in the US. It's been a wild year for sure. I originally sought out to write a blog entailing my adventures here in Afghanistan. I've been lucky enough to see a lot of the country and operate with various branches of military and other nationalities such as the British. I did indeed write a blog with full intent on posting it. I wanted something written out while Afghanistan was fresh in my mind. Something for me to look back on and to share my experiences because I feel like it's difficult to get real accounts of war straight from the soldier's point of view.
The blog ended up being over 8 pages long and was way too personal to share. I'm still struggling with how to articulate the past 13 months without getting too personal while still stating a clear message. My deployment was about as positive as one can get. I've grown as a person and while we're returning home with 3 less soldiers, I'm glad I experienced what I did. If I had to list everything from living conditions to day-to-day routines, it'll probably just read like a long list of bitching. But in reality, I wouldn't trade the positive and negative experiences for anything. For those were the moments that make me appreciate everything I had. Consider this an "Ask Me Anything", feel free to get curious in the comments. Just don't be an asshole.
So where do I go from here? I'm not getting married anymore. I kinda need to not be a bum and get a job. I also have to go back to living with mom for awhile. A deployed soldier just hopes to pick his life up where it was left off. Well, that isn't how life works. You want your life on pause, but the world still operates without you. It's daunting. So I need to find a place to live first and foremost. I'm debating going to school in Columbus instead of Cincinnati. I wanna get a dog to. School doesn't start until January for me, so for the next three months I'm just going to lay low. Perhaps get that job, maybe? I should probably be productive.
I'm still extremely interested in talking about videogames on the Internet. Instead of strictly writing stuff here, expect more video stuff from me. I'm going to build a mini studio in my apartment. Something I've always wanted to do. What does that mean exactly? Get some HD camera and some audio equipment. Writing about videogames is making less and less sense to me, so video content is an avenue I want to fully explore. Lately I've been examining what's missing in videogame coverage. I'm not 100% sure what the answer is, but I have some ideas. Maybe I'll make a documentary.
Going home is probably going to be a weird experience. I won't have to wear body armor anymore or carry a loaded weapon to the bathroom. The longest I've gone without someone trying to kill me this year was 4 weeks. Veterans have told me it's hard to readjust. But fuck that! I'm glad to return to my beer.
To break it down, here's what I want to do:
-Get more into body building, eat healthy and lift weights.
-Get school done
-Acquire good internships
-Drink Yuengling a lot
-Find a place to live
-Get a dog
-Create and distribute quality content in which I talk about videogames
-Not end up going to the VA every weekend like every Vet does
-Find a job
If you got any questions about stuff, ask below.