“So, I found out today that I am getting deployed to Kuwait in February.” -Cody Seese
One of my best friends, Cody, is in the National Guard and got back from basic training and his advanced individual training program (AIT) in February of this year. He was gone for about eight months, and for the first two to three months the only way we could communicate with him was by sending letters back and forth. It was a really hard time for him, as well as myself and my other friends because we barely had any contact with someone we care very much about. When he got back in February, we were all so excited to see him again and to be able to spend time with him. However, less than two months after returning home, he told me that he was getting deployed to Kuwait in February 2018. His tone of voice when he told me was solemn, and he was very straightforward in telling me, so I could tell he was upset, as was I. Hearing this from him, and realizing that he was going to leave again, was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with. As the conversation continued, he told me that he would be gone for an entire year, and he didn’t know how and when he would be able to talk to myself or our other friends while he was away. I couldn’t help but think of all of the bad things that could happen to him while we was overseas.
This one small sentence changed my life so much, even though it didn’t really involve me at all. Knowing that my closest friend is going to leave for an entire year is an extremely depressing thought, especially because I may not be able to contact him very often, or at all, while he is away. However, one thing that I thought was really amazing about this whole situation is that after the initial conversation that Cody and I had, we started making countless plans. We started planning trips over the summer, and talked about everything we wanted to do with our friends before he left. Even though we were planning because he was leaving for so long, we still had fun trying to come up with new things that we could do. Looking back on this entire conversation, I noticed that even in all of the sadness that we experienced during our talk, there was happiness when we thought of everything we could do before he went away. This made me realize that even the worst situations and the worst experiences can have silver linings if you are willing to look for them.