I can’t imagine what it’s like to go to war.
I can’t imagine having the courage to leave my family. To say goodbye to those I love.
I can’t imagine being shipped off to some distant land to fight for people you don’t know.
I can’t imagine long periods in trenches. In jungles. On battlefields. Bored. Exhausted. Cold, wet and scared.
I can’t imagine entering the battle. To be ordered into such great danger that my life is no longer in my hands.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to start shooting. At humans. Real people. To take a life.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to see people killed. Not just people, but friends. Close friends. Killed right in front of my eyes.
I can’t imagine being shot. To feel the excruciating pain. To know I am in the middle of nowhere. In the middle of a battlefield. To fear for my life.
I can’t imagine returning home. Emotionally and physically scarred. To have the scenes, the sounds, and the bloody images locked permanently in my mind.
I can’t imagine.
I also can’t imagine our country. Our life. Our freedom. Had you not imagined our freedom for us, and then given everything.
I can’t imagine we could ever thank you enough.
THANK YOU for giving more than we can imagine.
When I was a kid, before you could ‘google maps’ the entire earth, I day dreamed of exploring the vast pacific ocean and discovering some distant new island.
Nowadays, explorers are mostly people from ages past, that we watch in documentaries, or read about in children’s books. I don’t know of any parents who want their kids to grow up being explorers.
But explorers is exactly what we should be.
Explorers are brave. Bold. Adventurous.
And to explore means to search. Scrutinize. Investigate. Discover.
Which means we can all choose to be explorers.
We still need explorers!
You & I have the opportunity every day, to discover something new.
We can explore new cultures by talking to a stranger. We can explore new foods. We can explore new neighbourhoods. We can explore new ideas.
We can explore anything.
If you are brave enough.