I'm the reason we can't have nice things.
I’ve wanted a deployment since I was little and pinned my father’s marine corps medals onto my tee shirts. I’ve wanted a deployment since I spent hours in our gym at fort Leonard Wood. I’ve wanted a deployment since I got my first promotion, then my second. I put in requests and attempted transfers. I hoped for something to pop off so I could put boots on the ground.
But I accepted that I’d go to school instead. I’d fall in love and find a home. I’d make a little family to spend days and nights with. I’d laugh and cry as a civilian, and live that life fully instead of dwelling on a deployment.
So thank you, ISIS, for waiting until it would turn my life upside down to spark deployments.