Note to Self: Be Grateful
You squeeze your eyes shut against the scorching heat. Where he is, its 25C hotter.
You put on a tank top. He puts on his bullet-proof vest.
You complain about your annoying neighbours. He lives in a room with two other men, behind concrete barriers to protect from bomb blasts.
You complain you don’t feel like cooking tonight, so you order take-out. Tonight he is too tired to walk the mile in the heat to the dining hall so he doesn’t eat.
You try to get around to seeing your friends or family, but you’re busy. He just worked 18 hours, and still came online to say good-night because he knows you worry.
You use the internet to do some reading, surf around, listen to music. He uses it to let his family and friends know he is still alive and misses them.
You used to get annoyed with having to tell your parents where you were going. He can’t tell you where he is right now because it could cost him or his unit their lives.
Your power goes out for 2 hours, and you complain about the crappy area you live in. He loses power for over a day and eats a cup-of-noodles made with water heated by the sun.
You hope you don’t get stuck in traffic. He hopes he doesn’t hit an IED.
You plan renovations on your home in the next couple of months. He doesn’t know when he’ll get to come home.