Return from Afghanistan

The noises were too loud.

The smells were overwhelming.

People’s concerns were shallow.

The excess of American life was embarrassing.

I saw no value in frivolous small talk.

I hate that war changed me.

I’m so thankful to have served.

I hate the loss of life.

I’m so thankful to live in America.

I hate the sacrifice families & communities have made.

I am thankful to have met truly beautiful people.

I hate there is no end to war.

I am thankful to bridge a conversation gap.

I hate the need for awareness & remembrance.

I left as a young woman proud to do her part.

I returned broken and lost.

5 years later I gave up on healing.

5 years after giving up I live a healing journey.


Many of us experience disillusionment. My journey of healing is not unique. Many people choose to live a healing journey after experiencing life’s difficulties. My story is extreme…but my healing journey is generic. Anyone can heal, if I can, you can.

On my 10 year anniversary of Living, coming home, I invite you to choose life. Your life. And choose to be part of your life every day, no matter how hard it is.

There are days I want to give up, throw in the towel. These feelings may always haunt me. And I choose life. I fight for hope. What will you fight for?



One thought on “Return from Afghanistan

  1. Hey there 🙂

    Your wordpress site is very sleek – hope you don’t mind me asking
    what theme you’re using? (and don’t mind if I steal it?

    I just launched my site –also built in wordpress like yours– but the theme slows (!) the site
    down quite a bit.

    In case you have a minute, you can find it by searching for “royal cbd” on Google (would appreciate any feedback) – it’s still in the works.

    Keep up the good work– and hope you all take care of yourself
    during the coronavirus scare!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *