I think it was probably about 8 years ago, after getting out of the military, that I posted on social media for the first time a picture I took. I wasn’t even in it. After a career where you are told to keep a low profile and it was frowned upon to talk about yourself in public and share stories; to say I was out of my comfort zone on social media speaking to the public is an understatement.
Today, I understand the importance of storytelling. Not just for our military, but also for the public, our private sector teams and the country. If we remember our values and our intentions remain good, our stories, both good and bad, will help us evolve for the better. They will help us improve who we are and what we stand for.
I’m still nervous when I post my photos but I find purpose in inspiring others to live life fully; so I will just have to get over my nerves.
When was the last time you shared a story; and experience you learnt something from? Try it with your partner, family or friends. Tell a story. One that means something to you even if you find it uncomfortable telling it. A first hand story from your experience and not one you have just read or heard. They are powerful moments. The benefits are many and you will be glad you did.
Attached photos from contracting in Kabul, Afghanistan.
I don’t have a lot of photos from Afghanistan I can share, and even the ones I do have and can share, are personally difficult. In the end we failed and were unable to defeat our enemy there. Despite our combat superiority the enemy were more adaptive and ruthless than we gave them credit for. But for me, I personally am a better person for having served there and attempting to bring freedom to Aghanistan’s good people. The experiences I’ve had and the knowledge I’ve gained is worth sharing.