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Health Reality Check: Uncover Hidden Risks

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February 25, 2019
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This is some personal wisdom that I've gained in the last week, that has opened my eyes to a better understanding of my own mental health. See, it took me about 10 years to fully transition out of the Marine Corps. Looking back, I probably should have at least done another enlistment, but I didn't and the metaphorical bed I slept in the last 10 years was of my own making and due to my choices. There were some things that I had no control over, but as I recall, nobody held a gun to my head forcing me to enlist...f*** I'm digressing. Look, the truth is even if you're in a good place, you're not as healthy as you think you are.Wow, what a dick statement to make. Crap all over everyone's progress and shit...ok yeah, but not really. See I thought I was good. I'm in a good place on paper. The struggles of just putting a smile on my face are long behind me. For me and what I want in life, for the last...6 months or so, I felt like I'd come out of the storm and it was sunny skies and smooth sailing.Then out of nowhere an unexpected problem rocked me. And I soon found myself asking if everything good that's happened in the last 6 months was just a setup. Raise my hopes to dash them. I think I told you all in another article that it felt like the universe was trying to correct the mistake of not killing me in Iraq, and for the first time in little over a year, I felt those feelings start to creep back. Feelings I thought I'd beaten and owned.I'd stopped working hard at my own mental health, it'd gotten easier and just living had become much less stressful, so I stopped putting in all the work I had been when life was hard. I had to have several brothers in arms reassure me and set my mind at ease, reset if you will.During that reset, I realized that when we gain a little bit of a foothold in how we're progressing whether it takes 1 year, 3 years, 9 years...whatever your transition is...we tend to get complacent because we've been through the hard part...we haven't finished but the worst is over.So gentlemen and ladies, who feel like you're healthy...be honest with yourself and see if you're as healthy as you believe. Run a little self-diagnostic on your ass and see where you're standing. What's the worst that could happen? You find out you've been slipping, become complacent and so you refocus your efforts on that area again. What a horrible outcome (sarcasm).

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