Try, and have no regrets...

So, I'm gonna have a talk about what it means to achieve something in your life with one of the daughters. You know, stop staring at screens all night and sleeping all day, when are you gonna do something with your life... sounds like a song. Anyway, the aversion to work has gotten me down, I don't want to see her take it too far, maybe I can inspire her. So, I was thinking about what have I done that I'm really proud of, something that is rare, hard to do, and makes me pause when I think about it because it was so hard, but so worth it. You know, only (and I'm guessing wildly here, someone with better info feel free to correct me) 40,000 soldiers have ever donned the beret (seems high to me, but going back to 1952, maybe it's that many? maybe a few more? dunno for sure, but let's use that number for now just to make the point). So, I'm guessing there's been about 375million Americans since 1952, maybe more, again, just a guess, probably low. So using those two numbers, I come up with 0.01% (rounded) that have become SF soldiers. And I was one of them. Not saying I was the best of them, and it didn't make me the greatest NCO or leader after SF either, but I did qualify, for a few years, to stand in the ranks of 0.01% of Americans who are physically, mentally, and emotionally tested like nothing else. I'm pretty proud of that. I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to try, I'm so grateful that I had the courage to start and stick with it, I'm so grateful that I did something instead of wish I had. I have regrets in life, we all do, but that I didn't try when it would have been so easy to stay in the infantry and continue to shine there, well, I'll never have that regret. And that's the lesson I want my girl to learn - you don't have to do what I did, but don't fail to try and then have to live with that regret. You may not achieve your goal, you may get kicked out, stomped on, and told you didn't make the cut for whatever it is that you go for, but you won't regret that you didn't try and there is never any shame in that. I hope I'm able to get that point across.