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“Ok so, what has life taught me after 34 years in the military? That’s probably a good question.
Mmm, it’s certainly taught me to value life because when you end up in situations where … where … you’ve lost colleagues and … that sort of stuff. It makes you appreciate … it makes you appreciate your family, it makes you appreciate your friends, it makes you appreciate life.
Currently, I’m working in Africa as a civilian. In the Central African Republic, life is nasty, brutal and short …. unfortunately for most people. But, it certainly gives you the … not the opportunity … it gives you the sense … that you’re contributing something to … I won’t say world peace, I wouldn’t be that kinda grand, but you can certainly sense that you’ve made a small contribution to some sort of peace and stability for however long that may be.
It certainly reinforces the sense that .. you know, you should enjoy life, you should live life to the full … and never, ever put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Whether it’s telling your wife you love her, whether it’s looking after your kids … but life isn’t a … as a friend of mine used to say, it ain’t no dress rehearsal.
And certainly, all my time, both in the military and just living life in general … it isn’t a dress rehearsal and you should never treat it as that … you should never put off until tomorrow what you can do today and you should live life to the full and never walk away from something having regrets.
I haven’t regretted .. thanks be to God, anything I’ve done in my life. I’ve experienced some very good things. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced some very bad things as well, but that’s life.
The military was always a passion with me and thankfully, I’ve had 34 good years as a full-time soldier … prior to that, I was 7 years in the FCA. And there’s not one part of my service … thankfully, that I regret.
There’s been some hard times but there’s been some very good times as well. I think it’s made me who I am … ha, for good or for bad … yeah, and that’s about it.”