I learned something new about myself after separating from the Air Force back in 2003 and returning home to N.Y. No longer was I that teenager who struggled to believe in himself, instead I had returned home realizing I was a changed man. Though it wasn’t until I took an idea and chose to set out to bring it to life that I really saw how much I had changed.
In the beginning of working on TransitioningVeteran.com I would question myself if this was all worth it. Spending hours upon hours trying to make this resource website to share the information I had found, was taking a toll. Working, going to school, juggling a relationship all while trying to update Transitioning Veteran followers on Facebook took more time away from my life then ever before. I was spending so much time working on the website that I would find myself putting off other important matters in life.
As the years rolled by running TransitioningVeteran.com, I gradually learned the answer to my own question. I was working so hard, spending so many hours running this website because I was passionate about helping others. The pieces were all coming together. I’ll be honest, being a Security Forces member sucked in some ways (post visits, gate shacks with little heat during the Alaskan winter), but what I enjoyed most was helping people solve a dispute or pointing them in the right direction to keep them from being harassed by us again. I simply just enjoy helping people.
It made complete sense to me now, enjoying helping others solve disputes, earning a Master’s in school counseling, working as a veterans employment rep., writing for the Military Times, and running a website to help fellow veterans, is where I belong. I may have walked away from making good money as a civilian police officer, but instead I decided to do something that would make me happy, and for me, not feel so much like work. For once in my life I experienced what it is to be passionate for something, and for once in my life I am watching an idea not only come to life, but morph into something more.
Although I walked away from continuing to serve in the military, I am very much still a part of it by working for my fellow veterans. There is no better group of people to work for than veterans, and this is why I do, what I do.
Take it from me, finding your niche in life may take time and like many of us in this world, you may start out working in one field, only to realize your passion lies elsewhere.