I still remember my senior year of high school as a fresh young man ready to hit the world and make my mark and change the world for the better.. Hell even graduated among the top ten in my class but boy was I wrong! The world will chew you up and spit you out if you’re not careful but it takes kind strangers to make a difference in your life to really bring humanity into prospective! I had plans, goals and aspirations to accomplish in life then reality hit.
I had enlisted in the Army at 17 as a 31B and wanted to make my mark in life but life had other plans for me. Internal bleeding in my large intestine from thankful non-cancerous polyps rupturing caused me to get an entry level separation during phase one of BCT. I was out back home at rock bottom and feeling like a failure but my girlfriend at the time had talked me into going to college for criminal justice with her but my parents were broke and I was on my own to finance it all. Let’s just say that was an amazing idea two years in until the recession hit full swing and my college lost all funding for out of state students. I was a student with a 3.9 and even made the Dean’s list but unfortunately had zero help and already maxed out on private loans. On top of that my girlfriend at the time left me after joining a sorority and well looking back at that now probably was a big highlight in my life, not a loss!
I was back home and 48K in debt working any and every job I could find. Met another girl and well after a few years dating we had our amazing son and even got married. Well that bubble popped pretty fast and we agreed upon a mutual divorced but still co-parent the greatest little boy in the world.
I’ve since moved on a year on and I’m trying to finally make my mark pay my debts and build a brighter future for my son. Along that way I think I finally found the one! She has two amazing little boys and it really finally feels perfect but man does it get hard with this student loans hammering down every single pay check. I would love to see these things go away so I can start to build a future for these boys and give them what I never had and that’s financial stability for them to attend college someday with my savings and not their debt!
Then maybe when I know I have their future secured I will make that attempt to do something to make my mark on this world however big or small I will pay it forward!
Thank you for taking the moment to read this and I hope you have a blessed day!