Life We Live Essay

838 WordsJul 23, 20134 Pages
An Erikson life we live I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. I feel that we as soldiers mature and age at more of a rapid pace than our civilian counterparts in Erikson’s stages of development. My short lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the past deployments. No more than those little souvenirs of pottery I brought home from my trips in South America and my trips to the Middle East, and scars from wounds and emotional scars from my experiences. I don’t expect to die anytime soon. But it could happen this moment. Even as a soldier with many deployments and patrols under his belt. I know that death comes to us all. I was talking the other day with a dear friend, Major John Espinosa, my friend of over 10 years, and the conversation turned to our possible deaths when we were on patrol in Iraq in 2006-2008, as it always does with soldiers that are deployed and thoughts of soldiers that have deployed to a war zone before. Of course our family and upbringing gets us through most of the developmental years, Trust vs. Mistrust, Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt, Initiative vs. Guilt, Industry vs. Inferiority. Some come into the Army in our teens, and the need to develop a sense of self and personal identity. Success leads to an ability to stay true to you, while failure leads to role confusion and a weak sense of self is finished off or sharpened during boot camp. During the rest of our careers in the military as with myself, I have entered into the later stages of development in the past 20 plus years in the military. The
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