This morning, I was driving up a mountain road to go for a hike. Then, I saw this dude (pictured above) just strolling along merrily next to my car.
I had to stop. And just stare at this magnificent creature for a moment.
We briefly locked eyes. I have no idea what he was thinking. (Maybe – “why is this human eyeballing me?”) But…who knows.
A few hours later, I met a new blogger friend. He served as a Marine in the Vietnam War. I told him that I was grateful for his sacrifice, and that he is appreciated. He thanked me, and told me that he is still haunted by the memories of that horrible experience.
That got me thinking of how many people have had to endure such painful experiences…. that the memories still haunt them… daily … decades later.
My heart dropped when I heard him say that. I truly felt sorry for him – that he has had to carry around that emotional and psychological baggage for so long.
All at once…Our world can be a beautiful and brutal place.
And, I think to keep our sense of wellness and sanity, it is probably a good idea to treasure those special moments in life. Those tender moments.
And to also recognize that some people have had to endure hardships that we could not possibly imagine. These people have been pushed to the edge of what humans can sustain. Their psyches have been deeply scarred.
I hope one day we can finally put an end to this horrible thing called…war.
Life is not a video game. Real life actions have real life consequences. These veterans have survived the war, but the battle inside rages on. I salute these people. For they have endured something that is not meant to happen…they suffered through a man-made method of destruction.
Going forward, I hope future generations are not going to be haunted by memories.