What If I Had Chosen ... ?
An EP friend of mine, "txwoman2" (btw, she's very bright and very cute) posed the classic, "What if?", question in a story recently. As I age (just turned 60) that thought crosses.my mind more often. But I know that I have been blessed with a cup that has been more than half full for most of my life. Here's my response to her.
"What if ... ?", is the ultimate philosophical question. Your best line is, "Life is full of choices ... and every time you make one decision ... you actually make many ... ". In my life, I have worn many hats: soldier, teacher, coach, husband, father and much more. I like to think that I have been good at each of those things, despite the ups and downs of my life. But after a rewarding life in the Army, I can't help but wonder where I would be today if, instead, I had become a teacher or a full-time college coach. Regardless, I know that I would have been great at each, because I'm that kind of guy, supremely confident and competitive. But when I reflect upon my life of service to my country, especially when I swell with pride as I salute our flag, my hand over my heart for the Pledge of Allegiance in a classroom each morning, I know that I chose right. I still get to teach and coach, albeit belatedly. And when I get my retirement check each month or sit at a VA hospital surrounded by the unheralded heroes that have let us sleep safe and sound, I look heavenward, and thank our Lord, for the choice that I did make. So, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a safe night!"