A Bittersweet Ending

With over 11 “good years” in service I will close a long bittersweet chapter in my life. I am saying goodbye to the military. Various personal reasons abound, suffice to say it’s time to let go.

The Army helped mold me into the woman I am today. Good or bad this unique American sub-culture gave me insight, better perspectives, discipline, and adventure throughout various times of my life.

I know I’ll miss it, the unique friendships, the regimental ways (some not all lol) and wearing the uniform. I still have my dress blues and will pass those on down to my grandchildren (when I get them).

Don’t know how I’ll truly feel once “it’s over.” I received my honorable discharge and will officially be out September 17th. I wish my unit the best, especially now that their current deployment rotation is over and anything at this point is possible.

 

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I’M GOING TO LIVE MY LIFE (VIVIR MI VIDA) TRANSLATION

Live My Life

I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna dance
[I’m gonna] live my life, la, la, la, la
I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna enjoy
live my life, la, la, la, la

Sometimes rain comes
to clean wounds
Sometimes just a drop
can overcome the drought

And why cry, for what?
If it hurts bad, forget it
And why suffer, for what?
If life is like this, you must live it

I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna dance
live my life, la, la, la, la
I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna enjoy
live my life, la, la, la, la

I’m gonna live in the moment
to understand the fate
I’m gonna listen in silence
to find the way

And why cry, for what?
If it hurts bad, forget it
And why suffer, for what?
If it hurts bad, forget it

I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna dance
live my life, la, la, la, la
I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna enjoy
live my life, la, la, la, la

 

My people!

I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna dance
Why mourn? Why suffer?
Start dreaming, laughing
I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna dance
Feel and dance and enjoy,
you only live once
I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna dance
Live, always keep moving forward
Don’t look back

My people, you only live once

I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna dance
live my life, la, la, la, la
I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna enjoy
live my life, la, la, la, la

You can be….

You could go the distance
You could run the mile
You could walk straight through hell with a smile

You could be the hero
You could get the gold
Breaking all the records that thought never could be broke

Do it for your people
Do it for your pride
Never gonna know if you never even try

Do it for your country
Do it for your name
Cause there’s gonna be a day

When your, standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame

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The point of this song is believe in yourself, find something, anything which inspires you…be the greatest, you never know until you try—dedicate yourself to something worthwhile…….go the distance.

TRY

This video speaks to me on so many different levels.  Relationships, hardships, self-doubt…the rawness of her voice and the message this song is conveying makes you want to stand up and take notice…create change, visualize hope…..

Sweet Love

Loving someone can be bittersweet and when they have to depart due to life circumstance it makes loving them even that much more special…never take your partner for granted.