A Warrior Next Door

“Do sharks complain about Monday? NO.
They’re up early. Biting stuff, chasing shit, being scary- reminding everyone they’re a fucking shark.”
That’s the third text messages Brad ever sent me. The next few were jokes about ISIS, and videos of him running around in the woods like a kid while he hunts for coyotes. He’s one weird goofy guy. But in a second he can turn into the grittiest and most determined human being I’ve ever met.

 It’s something about being around somebody that has experienced things that only a very small percentage of humans can ever say. I’ve always drifted towards individuals that I classify as “highly accomplished.” I think a lot of people do. But military warriors have always been more fascinating to me than any other occupation. The willingness to voluntarily sacrifice themselves. Whether it be for the love of the country or for the thrill of war. Brad brings a perception in life that only a few can say.
“The older you get the more wise you become.” That’s what everyone says. You put yourself in less risky situations, and seek comfort in all decisions of life. But this is a false perception of reality. Since I met this warrior next door I’ve started seeking more uncomfortable situations. I’ve started thinking of situations in a more refined perspective. Sometimes, we tend to get overwhelmed with making others happy, or worrying about what they’ll think of you. Brad has reminded me how important it is to surround myself with forward thinking, hard working, honest people. Yes, honest people. A personality trait that is distinctive among SEALs. Honesty is more than not lying. It’s truth speaking, truth telling, and most importantly truth loving. I challenge you to start surrounding yourselves around people you look up to. Someone who challenges your principles. Go step outside your comfort zone. It’s truly when life begins.

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