Thursday, December 26, 2013

I don't do it for the glory, I just do it anyway.

I've been more than M.I.A than the last post for personal reasons and sickness, not really running reasons. I've almost been dreading sharing this next piece of me. It's hard for me to really put into words because I am truthfully torn in two completely equal pieces.

A while ago, my brother attempted to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He was unfortunately turned away for a medical ailment that is not entirely his fault. Six years ago while playing basketball with my boyfriend and their mutual friends he blew out his patella. Like BLEW it out of place. It was floating like one of those candles in water....gross, I know. His Orthopedic Surgeon said he wouldn't ever run again and walking would take over a year, jogging maybe never, maybe years. This kid ran the Hartford Half Marathon in 2012 in the blistering cold and kept around a 7 minute mile. Although he has proved the surgery he had means nothing the injury seems to have plagued him. He wouldn't be medically cleared for the Marines. They are missing out. My feelings were more so of pride and feeling overwhelmingly honored to have a brother who would be willing to put his life on the line. I know the Marines are a brotherhood and without ever knowing who he would be with in his platoon, I trusted that he would be taken care of. Yet, when it didn't turn out how he wanted I was relieved. 

Well while he was vacationing in South Africa he shared with my parents that he had enlisted in the United States Army and the process has gone further along than with the Marines. I am more torn with this journey than with the journey to become a Marine. He is my baby brother after all. I want him taken care of. I am hoping that he gets what he wants with all his heart which is to becoming an American Soldier though. He deserves it. He is an amazing man. (Even if I want to junk-punch him and then break his nose every so often.) Y'all would be proud to have him serving out country.

He could be going to basic training as soon as February and would leave while I am in Florida for the Princess Half Marathon. So, please forgive me if I am a little bi-polar with my emotions from now till then....well and beyond.

I have ALWAYS been a supporter of our military and have the biggest space in my heart. This is now just an even larger piece of me that belongs to them.





18 comments:

  1. Thank you to your brother for making the choice to serve. It's brave amazing people like him who keep this country as safe as they can. I'm sure this will be hard on you and your family but I can't begin to imagine the pride you must feel for your brother.

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  2. I commend your brother for following through on his dream of serving in the military, but I feel for you. This must be so scary for you!
    Best wishes to you and all of your family.

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  3. Aw Meg, I can't imagine how torn that must make you feel! We'll have a margarita and toast to him at PHM! (((hug)))

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    1. I am completely torn. I am very excited to see you and have a drink to his new journey!

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  4. I absolutely know how you are feeling right now. My little brother just recently finished Army BCT in November, and is currently at his IAT in San Antonio! I am so proud of him for serving - it really is a truly self-less act. I hope your brother's journey to becoming an American Soldier goes amazingly!

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    1. Thank you for his commitment to service! It feels good to know there are others in my same position.

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  5. I can't imagine - it would be so hard to be so proud and so worried at the same time. Everyone will forgive some emotional angst on your part in February and we'll all send him our best! - Jessica

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    1. That's exactly how it feels... Thank you so much for thinking about him. February will come very fast.

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  6. Prayers to your brother ( and to you). I know how difficult it is to want to protect a younger sibling ( I do it all the time)! Tell him "Thank You" for serving from me.

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    1. You never really grow out of it.


      Thank you :) <3

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  7. That's so awesome of him to keep up with his dream, even though it didn't work out the first time. Any military service is so commendable so that's awesome of him to do! But I definitely do understand how you could be worried. I had a good friend in the Marines, and while not the same as a brother, I understand the worry!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate your thoughts <3

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  8. Thank you to your brother for serving! I know it'll be hard for you to see him go, but I also know you'll be a great supporter and source of strength for him back home. :)

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    1. Thank you Kim, your words are incredibly sweet. Thank you. :)

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  9. Sounds like he has a passion for service, kudos and a big thank you to him. Big hugs to you, I know how hard it is not to be able to protect your little brother and hold him close.

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