You see, everyone wants to win but few are prepared. And when you're playing the game, there are ILLs that come with it.
What are the ILLs? Injuires, Luck & Loses-- things that are out of your control.
People choose not to discuss the ILLs cause it sends out panic. But, its just as much apart of the game as winning. And when you do, it's because you're prepared.
Can you spot me? I didn't intentionally wear my Knicks hoodie at the Barclay's but I am an intentional @nyknicks Loyalist. The staff gave me cold stares 🤣🤣 🤷🏽♂️🔶️🔷️.
**This post is for all Veterans. For those that ever stood watch, especially the ones out to sea. A lot of people don't know this side!
I believe I've seen every sunrise possible. I've even witnessed the sun rise in the West and set in the East-- yes, you read that right. For 7 months my ship, The USS Gonzalez, was deployed off the Horn of Africa. And having traveled through the Suez Canal to get there, floating in the waters of countries that's been warring with each other is as welcoming as a graveyard.
Every morning, for five & a half months, from 1:45a-6:45a, I stood watch in the dark with a loaded M-16 strapped across my chest, and a loaded 9mm hugged on my right leg with extra rounds on my right hip. Tension so thick, you can cut it with a feather. You don't know what to expect but that sun would peek over the waters edge, immediately I knew I had to start bringing my camera to document this.
My dad passed away the year before. Turned out this was indeed a healing process for me. I found peace during a time of war. We go through extreme conditions and it's simplest things that gets us through. Do me a favor, take time to talk to a veteran.
I'll never forget this day, I rushed off work to meet up with my family. The look on my niece's face when I told her I was putting her on my shoulders was priceless.
Today I celebrate my niece, Talyiah, Born day! She is wise beyond her years, and full of life. I'm very proud of her, how she is excelling in everything she attempts in life.
She was doing her make-up when I was on the phone with her. There are still some things I won't be ready for but she will always be the little girl on my shoulders. I love her whole heartedly, my constant motivation.