Like almost everyone, I went through the typical teenage phase – “nobody cares about me.” But unlike most people, that didn’t stick long because I realized that there was someone out there, who didn’t know me, that was risking their life for me.
Do you know that feeling you get when you think about someone and you smile because even if you lose everything you’ve got – your money, your looks, your memory, even – they will always care, no matter what? That’s the feeling I got and it’s a feeling I’ve carried with me through all these years.
This person, is possibly the most selfless person you’ll meet. Though his family suffers and is in utter turmoil more times than normal, he will still give up everything to give you the life you live. He might even have to leave his innocent new born so you can have a roof over your head and food to eat.
I knew a teenager about six years ago. She was just like everyone else. “The world doesn’t care. My parents don’t care. Nobody cares. My life is a mess. I have nobody.” And then one day, a YouTube video changed that. It changed the way she connected with other whiney teenage girls like her. The nobody cares turned into a “how dare you say nobody cares?”
The video was .. “Dad’s Homecoming.”
An innocent middle schooler was sitting in class when his father walks in and the kid just bawled his eyes out. He was seeing his father for the first time in three years. Because the father was too busy protecting the nation so people he didn’t know can get up and go to work without having to worry about the safety of their lives. A wife somewhere had to cope like a single parent so her husband could help some kid somewhere without the kid having to worry about his/her life and just focus on learning colors. A girl somewhere has gotten through prom, graduation, university without her father being there for any special moment just so some other girl can have the opportunity to do so without getting killed.
That video changed the way she looked at life. Somebody out there cared. He didn’t know her, he didn’t know what she did, he didn’t know her flaws and most of all, he didn’t care. He was willing to give his life to keep someone like her safe. If that isn’t care, she didn’t know what was.
That teenager was me.
There are more videos like that than you can imagine. Every one of those will bring you to tears. The sacrifice those people do is beyond me. Since then, every time I feel like nobody cares, I think of this person. This person who left his family, who left his “safe” life to go risk his life just so I can peacefully sit here and write about this.
Imagine living a life where you wake up everyday fearing that maybe your father / husband / friend / son / fiancé / brother will come home in a box, dead and cold. Having to record every moment of your child’s life in hope that someday you might be able to show it to them should they come back alive.
I am thankful to those innocent people, men and women, who give up everything they have to give me everything I have. For their struggle, for their strength and for the lost lives. Most importantly, Thank You for the care.
10 thoughts on “Someone Cares”
Very well said indeed. I’m going to share this one with my hubby. We’re Canadian, but he too is a war vet and will appreciate knowing that at least some of the next generation gets it.
Thank you for this. 💖
Thank you for the comment and thank your husband on my behalf for his service 🙂 ❤
I will. 🙂
I am Wordsgood husband I want to personally thank you for this it means more then you will ever realize. I am glad I served as are those from our allied nations. We are doing a job that people can’t understand and have to live with our actions for the rest of our lives, what you said makes it all worth it at least I do know someone truly cares.
Thank you again from a Canadian Soldier
Thank you so very much for what you do and for the kind words.. 🙂 I’m sure there are more of us that truly appreciate it and we just don’t all have a platform to express our gratitude.
after reading this post which really moved me I was wondering if with your permission I could copy the text to my facebook page with a link to your blog and credit to you as well. I have a few friends who still serve in both the U.S. Military and Canadian Military who would really enjoy this.
Thanks again for writing it it truly does mean a lot considering the things we soldiers here from the public at times. Like I said I am now out of the military but the things I did and scene will haunt me for life.
Absolutely. Feel free to share 🙂
Thank you so very much for the kind words 🙂
How beautifully shared!
Thanks for sharing your post!! It reminds me of a couple of posts I wrote: http://karpalism.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/who-gives-a-shit/ and http://karpalism.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/military-life-a-conundrum. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, fears, and experiences.
Well said friend. I found you through the recent The Daily Post commons. I wrote a blog post discussing something similar to this in one of my poems titled “Darkness” that I wrote recently. It’s more dark and about a specific issue, but I think the same way you do. I’m still a teenager myself and still going through these type of things.