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Do You Believe in Yourself?

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When I was a kid, I just went out and did pretty much anything I wanted without any fear of the consequences. There are many times when I could have gotten myself into serious trouble or even killed but who thinks about that as a kid?

I believe that the first time in my life that I seriously wondered if I was going to be able to do something was when I was goofing around alone on an old abandoned PT field and came across a "Jacob's Ladder" that had to be half-again as tall and looked a whole lot scarier than the one we climbed in Basic. The ladder seemed to reach into to the heavens and its crossmembers were not only made of peeled logs, they increased the distance between them as they got higher. Even from the ground, I could see that the last one would require a jump to reach, 30 feet in the air, with nothing to land on if one missed but hard dirt and weeds.

At 19, I still had enough kid in me to say "why not." I'll have to admit that that I felt a tingling in my nether regions as I rolled over that final top log and almost slipped. However, it was at that very instant that I knew that I'd be able to do absolutely anything that I set my mind to do for the rest of my life.

I've never really considered myself all that talented. I've come to realize though that if a person keeps at something then talent usually comes a knockin at the door.

 

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There are a lot of things I know I can't do. But there is a lot I know (or believe) I'm capable of doing too. That belief comes from overcoming challenges that were somewhat similar in nature.

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2 hours ago, Snargfargle said:

When I was a kid, I just went out and did pretty much anything I wanted without any fear of the consequences. There are many times when I could have gotten myself into serious trouble or even killed but who thinks about that as a kid?

I believe that the first time in my life that I seriously wondered if I was going to be able to do something was when I was goofing around alone on an old abandoned PT field and came across a "Jacob's Ladder" that had to be half-again as tall and looked a whole lot scarier than the one we climbed in Basic. The ladder seemed to reach into to the heavens and its crossmembers were not only made of peeled logs, they increased the distance between them as they got higher. Even from the ground, I could see that the last one would require a jump to reach, 30 feet in the air, with nothing to land on if one missed but hard dirt and weeds.

At 19, I still had enough kid in me to say "why not." I'll have to admit that that I felt a tingling in my nether regions as I rolled over that final top log and almost slipped. However, it was at that very instant that I knew that I'd be able to do absolutely anything that I set my mind to do for the rest of my life.

I've never really considered myself all that talented. I've come to realize though that if a person keeps at something then talent usually comes a knockin at the door.

 

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That is the "Stairway to Heaven" at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.  Been there and done that back in 1989.  Nice view from up top.  The "Slide for Life" kicked me in the butt though as I fell into the water.

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My Grandson is at San Diego as I type this, two and a half weeks he was working at UPS now he is a recruit for the US Marines . Not only proud of him I worry for him as much. I not only believe in myself I believe in my Grandson. I followed my dream and live a comfortable retirement. My Grandson is following his dream and I have faith in his desires for life.

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10 minutes ago, CLUCH_CARGO said:

My Grandson is at San Diego as I type this, two and a half weeks he was working at UPS now he is a recruit for the US Marines . Not only proud of him I worry for him as much. I not only believe in myself I believe in my Grandson. I followed my dream and live a comfortable retirement. My Grandson is following his dream and I have faith in his desires for life.

When we were kids, the family used to go out to a local farmer's land and help plant potatoes. At harvest, anyone who had helped plant could go and load up the pickup with as many potatoes as they wanted. His son was one of Dad's students, as were his son's kids. The old man died and then his son died of brain cancer so Dad then sort of took the kids under his wing. The girl, especially, took a liking to him and Dad to her, partially because she was Dad's star athlete and he was the head coach. She has always kept in touch ever since high school. Recently, she sent a picture of her daughter at her Marine boot camp graduation ceremony in San Diego. 

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I told myself I believe I can fly. So I took a ride on a helicopter

 

 

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