Michael Bluemling, Jr. | Surviving the Suck
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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Surviving the Suck

Surviving the Suck


It is one thing to go through a difficult situation in life that causes trauma and a completely different scenario when you go through a combat type experience where you may have faced a flight or fight situation. Going through these experiences as we call in the military, “the suck”, allow us soldiers to focus our energy on just getting through the deployment, the mission, the next five minutes or even around the corner that is approaching in seconds. The adrenaline rush of staying alive literally can shut down all of your body functions as you experience a hyper sense of shock and disarray, while realizing or subconsciously replaying the events over and over in your mind like a song on constant repeat throughout the remainder of life.

When a human being is subjected to such harsh environments the period of adjusting back to “normal” activities can take some time. As a society in America, are we sensitive to those who need our support? Many times we brush over or are quick to label something we don’t understand. Did you ever stop to pause and think that maybe we could be helping to be part of the solution, instead of causing an even bigger problem? In all honesty, we are all at fault and only when we have a collective drive to be better than the last time will we start to have real impacts.

So if you have to survive “the suck” downrange and you have to come back home to face ridicule, one would assume that surviving the actual war was just the beginning of having to survive. Here are some tips to help you survive any negative situation you are facing in life as you transition from hero to back seat participant in the American culture that you fought so hard to protect:

7 Steps to help Deal with Unnecessary Hindrances

  1. Remember that you only control your actions and the actions of the uneducated are not a reflection negatively on you.
  2. Seek activities that allow you to have peace and tranquility on a daily basis.
  3. Learn to embrace obstacles; rather viewing them as opportunities.
  4. Those threatened by you are actually afraid of their prejudice and internal despair that has nothing to do with your behaviors.
  5. Channel your energy into completing tasks that help you realize your tremendous value in this world.
  6. Surround yourself with people who love first and judge last.
  7. Love yourself and when it is hard, keep your faith.
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