TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – I’ve been doing a lot of
self-reflecting the past few weeks. In
doing so, I’ve evaluated where I am in my personal and professional life. How did I get to where I am? Have I met my goals? Would I do anything differently?
remember where my professional focus was during different periods of my Air
Force career. After technical school, I
was learning about the Air Force and working towards my Community College of
the Air Force degree. Five years into my
enlistment, I was focusing on being a good Non Commissioned Officer and working
on my bachelor’s degree. Then 10 years into
it, I was focusing on making master sergeant and working on my master’s
always had a short and long-term goal and stuck with it. I was so busy with growing up and being the best
Airman that I believed I should be.
However, it wasn’t until my attendance to Senior Non-Commissioned
Officer Academy that I realized after introducing myself to my flight and
sharing my children’s names and their ages that it really hit me, how did my
children get so old? Where did all the
to have flown by, as the saying goes, and while I feel like I’ve progressed
through my career and can remember, in somewhat detail, of certain events, I had
a harder time reflecting on how my children seemed to have grown up so fast
from elementary age and into middle and high school ages.
position requires a lot of dedication to my squadron and I absolutely love it
along with the Airmen, military and civilian, I serve. Yet, I feel like I’ve
lost much quality time due to my own fault. This time I’m speaking of isn’t the
weekend fun times or the family vacations.
I’m speaking of those times when you’re just sitting at home. Those times when you’re just hanging out in
the living room or at the dinner table and simply conversing with family.
tell you how many times I’ve come home from work and was too tired to do
anything; too tired to cook, too tired to take the kids to the playground, too
tired to simply talk. In essence, I have missed a lot of the small and simple quality
times with my children.
closing, my advice is that you keep pursuing your short and long-term
goals. Keep working at being the best
Airman you can be through duty, experience, education or whatever it is that
helps you reach your full potential.
However, do the same in your personal life. If you have a family, spouse, kids, etc.,
make sure you spend even more time with them than you do at work if at all
possible. If you don’t, make sure you
spend quality time with your friends and keep in touch with and visit all those
who you love back home. If you don’t,
you may end up wondering like I did, “Where did all that time go?”