My friend, Donald Quist, asked me to write a short piece for a great project he started at the beginning of the year: Past-Ten.com
In his words:
This project began during a period of acute anxiety and existential crisis. Worried about the future and whether I had made enough progress towards my goals, I sat down and considered where I was in my life ten years earlier, and then I wrote about it. I realized I had experienced many things I could have never conceived a decade prior and nearly every aspect of my life had changed.
Change is constant and it can be hard to measure from day to day. I think there is value in taking a moment to look back a decade. There is value in reflecting on the differences between who you are and who you were.
Curious about the journeys of others, I started asking friends and family, "Where were you on this date ten years ago?"
Here, I will share some of these responses as a testament to the transformative power of time and the human capacity to turn the unpredictable into art. I hope these recollections inspire you to ponder your own existence, and how you have changed over the past ten years. I hope they encourage you to persevere another decade.
"Walking Point" won second place in the Colonel Darren L. Wright Veterans' Writing Contest. I'm proud of the work the editors at Line of Advance are doing to maintain Colonel Wright's legacy. He sounds like he was a good man. And I'm proud of this story.