Michael Bluemling, Jr. | Veteran Paralysis
Michael Bluemling, Jr., is a former Sergeant of Soldiers and author of "Bridging the Gap from Soldier to Civilian," who overcame abuse to become a success story, after his transition from soldier to civilian. He shares his insight with fellow veterans, to help them through this arduous process, successfully.
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Veteran Paralysis

Veteran Paralysis

A TO Z: 26 ISSUES TRANSITIONING VETERANS FACE #22

Having a feeling coming over you of rejection and defeat can really change the attitude of the fiercest warrior in the world in the matter of seconds. You can be full of hope or joy one minute and in the next feeling completely paralyzed not knowing what action to take next. This is the worst sensation known to mankind and can completely destroy the soul of an individual whether he or she is a combat veteran or not. It is completely debilitating.

You may ask how would I know? Well, I know because it has happened to me in the past and even recently I have felt completely lost. The travels of life take us along many paths and valleys. Some aspects of life are more enjoyable than others, as you are aware, but most of the control of this world is not in our hands. Rather, the fate of most of our lives is in the hands of others through relationships and decisions that they make outside of our control.

This is a fact of science and revolves around relationships ranging from direct contact with people we know, to indirect interactions with someone on the other end of an application who we have never spoke to in our entire lives, as one example. When you are trying to get ahead and keep running into walls that can become very stressful and can bring the strongest minded individual to their knees as being in situations where you have to overcome obstacles on a daily basis wears you down to nothing, both physically and psychologically.

So how do you overcome these tragic situations and get through the tunnel to the other side? First off you have to persevere. The difference between a successful person and person who quits is attitude and individual capabilities to keep picking up the rucksack in the middle of the sand storm while putting bullets down range in a calculated manner. You have to see the goal that you are striving for and be willing to change course as needed to compensate for unexpected disturbances and turbulence that can throw you off your progression.

Second, you have to have faith. You have to believe that you are better than the current situation, knowing that nothing can get in your way ethically and from a perspective of boundaries you are able to break through. Many people will tell you that you aren’t going to do it, but you can if you trust in your abilities that are unique to you. You are the only person who can stop you. When you understand that, you have all you need in this world to have sustained results.

Lastly, you have to have the vision. Being able to see what is not in front of you and prepare for the unexpected is insanity right? However, it is the key to everything you desire. The vision is what drives your decision making on a daily basis. You knowing what your limitations are and how you can work to overcome them in a sophisticated manner will be instrumental to breaking through to the other side. We are all designed to be productive.

We all designed to weather the storm and seek shelter in the interim. There is no shame in regrouping and coming back stronger after defeat. Never give up and never give in. The pain is only temporary if you stick to your guns being perseverant, keeping your faith, and seeing the complete path towards the vision of what is to happen with the precious life you have in both good and bad days.

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