The other day, there was an event going on at our school where banks, schools, colleges, and various military booths were set up, something similar to a career investment seminar only really, really small nestled onto the hallways of our little school. I didn't know it was going on that day, and they set it up so that there's no way of avoiding being talked to unless you visibly walked awkwardly around the booths in an obvious attempt to avoid them, and since I'm such a good sport I decided to talk to some of them. Namely, the Navy booth then the Army one.
Point of the story, went and talked to Army recruiters, then set up an appointment to be talked to privately about a career in the Army. Looked interesting, sounded exhilarating, seemed beneficial towards a future where maybe I could do something else after serving part time in the military. I took a test given to possible recruits to see where I could fit if I did get recruited, and apparently did pretty well even though I didn't get paper for the math portion until half way through.
Right now, I'm torn between going in and... well, not going in. I've always had a certain attraction to the military life. I guess when I was a little kid, I saw the military as tough and in control in the worst of times in the history of the world. And the fact they use guns, that was pretty cool. But when I got older, I started to realize all the other things that makes joining so appealing. Wanting to travel the world, learn how to survive in crappy environments, learning how to fight, fire weapons, jump out of airplanes, get into the best physical shape of your life, become mentally confident and disciplined. Not only that, I want to do something that really contributes to others, like kicking in a door to take on militants attacking innocent civilians.
Sounds like something I want to do, but various forces hold me back. People, personal hesitance, University life. Decide now, right?
Interesting thing I saw on Facebook the other day. "We ask 18-year-olds to make huge decisions about their career and financial future, when a month ago they had to ask to go to the bathroom."
Granted, that was almost 3 years ago. But why does that quote seem so true.