The reality of the current situation in America as it faces our youth is that we are at a crossroads.
During these times of struggle, we can stay immersed in our own mental prison, or get up and fight against the issues we face. As a member of the US Military, it was not an option to stay down; I learned early on in my career to stand and fight. Not many young people are fortunate enough to receive that type of leadership training. I have always been aware of the fact that when I put my mind and heart into something, I will succeed. I mention mind and heart, because, without that, we are nothing. Too many young people have an “I don’t care” or “I can’t do” attitude, and in order to succeed, they need to develop the American Spirit: the unrelenting heart of a fighter that will stand up eight times when they are knocked down seven. That ‘can do’ spirit has been passed down over centuries, generation to generation. It is the powerful instrument that makes us who we are. As a Naval officer, I was challenged by my Master Chief, a wise man to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude, to grow and learn in ways I’d never known before. He recognized the tool most vital to my personal success (or failure) was my mouth. I quickly found that I could use my talkative, passionate nature to motivate myself and others, or to land myself in trouble time after time. I knew then that I was a leader, destined to use my talents and strengths to better a generation of people. You see, each great group of people is led by someone great. The United States has been fortunate to see many incredible Commanders-in-Chief, including Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush, my personal Commander-in-Chief during my time in the Navy. This list can even include. YOU (yes, the one reading this article). You can also be a powerful instrument for America. You can rise above adversity and use all of your personal experiences, positive and negative, to do something monumental for the world around you. We the people, citizens of America, make our country the unique, amazing land that it is. Our determination to live lives that matter is what sets our nation apart from any other in the world. Through our ups and downs, our joys and sorrows, we have a great calling to remain firm in our stance, with America as our shield and shining armor. And we don’t stand for only ourselves, but to protect our freedom and way of life, a strong democracy, and a strong union of us the people. May we use our instruments to continue to make America the greatest nation in the world for many future generations! And forever, our flag still stands, carried by the blowing wind and accompanied by the majestic sound of a trumpet in the distance.
America’s powerful instruments are here to stay. YOU are the change. YOU are the power. YOU are the answer.