Friends and Attitudes

By Martin November 13, 2010

Friends and Attitudes

By: Martin

I suffered a spinal cord injury at C2 in 2005 that paralyzed me from the shoulders down. It was a difficult adjustment after being so active at work, hobbies, etc. While going through rehab at 57 yrs old, I had a lot of time to reflect back on my life. One of the things that kept my attitude in check and positive is when I reflected back on two high school friends. After graduating, I went on to college. David and Raymond joined the Army. They were both sent to Vietnam and died there fighting for democracy. They were only nineteen years old. This was a sad irony for Raymond because as an American Indian, he fought for democracy that was not originally offered to his forefathers. I was safe at that time, due to a college deferment. Was this fair to David and Ray? No! Life has treated me very well. I got married, have a wonderful wife, two wonderful children, and four beautiful grandchildren. I made many friends while working in three different industries over the years. I’ve experienced many of our nations unique vacation spots. David and Ray didn't have a chance to do any of these things. They continue to inspire me to keep my attitude positive and avoid depression.