Second semester. A “fresh start”? A “do-over”? Kind of. Coming back from winter break was definitely an interesting experience. As a fourth class, you spent all first semester training to be a follower, and then you go home for two weeks as an individual. The transition back to being a follower was definitely not comfortable, but it was quite intriguing to experience. For two weeks, you’re completely normal. Then you’re back squaring corners and yelling at clocks.
What is the difference now you might ask? It may not be a fresh start, but it’s a shorter race. A few weeks and we take boards. After we pass boards we can look around and eat normally. No more squaring your fork up and into your mouth at a 90 degree angle and staring awkwardly at your third class sitting across from you. I have to give it to them though, 3/c Alex Lane made it a lot less awkward to stare at him every day then I expected. The main point I am trying to make is that it gets better. Like the light at the end of the tunnel is finally showing! Soon my shoulder boards are gonna have a stripe, where it feels like just yesterday they were barren and I was still a swab. Watching all the things we do as fourth class gets better knowing we are almost done doing them. Hopefully you see how valuable everything you do is, even when it may not seem like it in the moment. It isn’t the menial seemingly mundane tasks that you are doing that have value, but what they do to you that is most valuable. As Jim Rohn once said, “The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.”
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