“I was tired,” he remembers. “I was tired of locking up all my sadness, anger, depression, and anxiety and pretending like it didn’t exist. I thought about becoming one of the 22 a day because I didn’t think I deserved to be here anymore and I was just a burden to my family…”
It’s Monday, so let’s take some time to take a few minutes to honor all of those military Chivers out there.
“Physical limitations,” he said, “are just that – physical limitations. They’re not mental limitations. How far are you willing to let that physical limit get ahead of your mentality? It’s all about trusting yourself and your ability, and just surrounding yourself with soul-feeders and you can do anything.
So that’s why I skied down the mountain.”
When baby Merrick was rushed to the Emergency Room after he became limp and very pale, the triage nurse tested his blood oxygenation right away. Her face turned as white as a sheet as she looked at the results. “It says 45%,” she whispered, “but there’s no way that’s right. Most people are at 98 or 99%. He’d be unconscious…”
Some could argue that the desire to serve your country is something you learn. But for others, it’s in their blood. A fierce streak of patriotism that cannot be channeled in any way but to stand on the front line, an innate aspiration towards greatness that cannot be explained…
Last week we hopped in a party bus and made our way to Killeen, TX – home of Ft. Hood. There are a few reasons we made the trip not least of which was to raise a glass with the troops!