LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
I’ve made so many excuses for myself but, at the end of the day, it all boils down to me getting lazy and that’s not something I’m proud of.
At the risk of sounding like someone who is making a whimsical New Year’s resolution to lose weight, I’ve decided to set certain goals for myself in the hopes of restoring some of my long lost physical fitness.
Aside from wanting to lose a little weight, my goals are more detailed than that. Not only do I want to pass a Marine Corps PT test, which consists of pull-ups, sit-ups and a three-mile run, but also I want to make the maximum score possible.
It’s going to take time and a lot of effort, but it’s something that I need to do for myself.
Obviously this is something that has bothered me for a while, and I’m going to invest the time and energy needed to make my goal a reality. I’m not doing this as part of a dumb New Year’s resolution but because my heart still belongs to the Corps. I represent them even seven years after parting.
I don’t want people to look at me in surprise and ask “you were a Marine?” I want them to ask, “are you still in?”
After all; once a Marine, always a Marine.