Today, I woke up with a heavy heart. No matter how many times my attention has been diverted by local and national news events, it keeps traveling back to our soldiers who have given their lives to protect the freedoms many of us enjoy but probably can’t truly appreciate because we know no different. Soldiers who, in a lot of cases, weren’t even old enough to have a legal drink.
All morning, I’ve wondered what I can do to best honor these absolutely selfless individuals. What actions can I take that will show that I really do respect their ultimate sacrifice?
Countless ideas have gone through my head, but many of them feel so small, so meaningless. Yes, I could spend the day mourning the loss we’ve suffered as a nation, but what would that accomplish?
I could also come up with some type of ceremony that would still respect the social distancing guidelines in place, but would that truly honor those families who gave one of their own so I could live the life I am able to live? These tributes are nice, sure. But I want to do something more.
Ultimately, I’ve decided that the best way for me to show gratitude to the brave men and women of this country is to take the freedoms they’ve so bravely protected and make a conscious effort to use them.
Today, I am going to spend the day thinking of all the things I can do, both personally and professionally, to make this world a better place. From these, I will come up with a few actionable steps I can take in the short and long-term to do my part in further protecting and enhancing these freedoms. I’m not quite sure what this will look like yet but, by the end of the day, I will have a plan as to how to move forward in a way that fully embraces all of the great opportunities I have been so graciously given.
It all seems so minimal, but I believe that the best way to honor our fallen vets is to not take for granted the privileges I have because of them. To let them know that they did not die in vain. That I do understand what they did for me and, for that, I am eternally and humbly grateful.