Finding your way down a winding Air Force road

by Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

There are many things in life we can’t change: the ones who we grow close to, the ones who bring meaning to what we do, the people who change us — our true friends.

Many times during the course of my 14-year Air Force career I have felt I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I think I was mistaken. I think, in fact, I was in the exact place I needed to be, whether I was there for someone or someone else was there for me.

We are each given very small clues day in and day out of what we are meant to do. I am still not quite sure where I will be in 10 years or 20 years or even in about three years. I know where I would hope to be, but will that truly be where I will end up? Probably not.

My piece of advice is to make every moment count, no matter where you are or where you think you should be. If there is something in life that reaches out and touches your soul, stop and take a breath and enjoy it because you never know when you might get the chance to experience it again.

It’s funny how the simplest things in life can bring more meaning than anything, and it’s even funnier how these silly things come about sometimes.

You wait and wonder and try and come up with some sort of solution for things and then one day it just hits you like a ton of bricks — or, maybe it just takes a moment of weakness to see it and realize it.

Nevertheless, always look to the stars and never stop hoping and dreaming.
Enjoy Europe while you’re here. Get out and explore. Soak in the culture, learn a bit of the language and get out of your comfort zone once in a while — you never know what or who you might find.