Word of the Week for 1/13/2020 by Walker McDade, GMC Prep Cadet
Adversity. We all face adversity in life. Whether the obstacle is a mental or physical problem which stands in the way of goals or mundane daily routines. We all face adversity; however, the real difference between our adversities and overcoming them is how we react to and cope with them. Those choices display a person’s resilience. Resilience is the answer to the unwelcomed adversity that arrives in a person’s life.
As a citizen of the United States, I see the price our sailors, airman, rangers, and many more pay, to allow our freedom to reign through our nation without any impediments standing in the way. Fighting and defending our country, these great men and women face adversity every day to allow for our freedom. The barriers that interlude their way are the ones they have to bound over which require resilience. Resilience is the biggest factor of success for our country and I learn this from the sacrifices I see every day from the examples in my school, Georgia Military College Prep School.
Captain Charlie Plum, who was a fighter jet pilot for the Navy during the Vietnam War was captured and held for six years. Captain Plum shared with the students of GMC Prep how he had lost all hope—for himself and for any chance of leaving that forsaken land. He reached his lowest point; however, knowing all the while that we all face adversity. Captain Plum came to a realization with the help of one of his soldiers. He was looking at the situation all wrong. Instead of being helpless and sad, he picked his head up, found a purpose, and established a plan to not bear down against himself. We all can learn something from Captain Plum. No matter how tough and unbearable life may seem, we must understand to
“Appreciate Adversity” as Captain Plum would say.
Without adversity, we would not challenge ourselves enough to realize the overall fire we have inside of each one of us. We all face adversity. It doesn’t have to define us. However, the resilience we show to overcome adversity proves to us who we truly are.
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