With the start of my trip getting closer, a little more than a month away, I am asked are you excited?.
As much as most people would be I am not.Yes, I am taking on a great adventure and yes I start to get excited but then I remember why I am doing this and the excitement subsides as quickly as it arose.
People must remember and I tell them all the time that I am paddling for Mission22 to raise awareness about Veteran suicide and PTSD.
This cause drives me more than the excitement of doing this trip. The cause will be the focus of all my conversations for the next 8 months and maybe more. I will be trying hard to draw media attention to myself so that I can promote the cause.
The lives of my fellow veterans and the sanctity of their families are paramount so the cause outweighs the excitement and the exposure for myself.
I performed underwater recovery for 20 years to try to bring closure to families who lost their loved ones. We were not in it for the publicity or the glory. In fact the media referred to us as the phantom dive team. Because after the operation ended we would clean up and be gone. Poof one minute we are there the next we are gone disappeared.
S0 I carry that same attitude in my journey. I will promote the cause for the families and fellow veterans not for personal fame and glory.
I will stay focused in my mission, one man one mission to save thousands.
If you should happen to be at one of the events where I am speaking you can introduce yourself and say hi but I will talk to you about the mission and will deflect any conversation about myself unless it relates to the cause. This isn’t about me it is much bigger than me. This is about human life and how precious it is to try and save it.