I was recently going through some old emails that were exchanged between myself and one of my greatest friends. It was 2006 and we were both deployed to the middle east. I was in Afghanistan and he was in Iraq. We kept each other informed of what was going on in our own little worlds. We talked about the things we were going to do when we got back home. We were going to go to Vegas, hit the town, pick up chicks, live it up…we were going to treat ourselves after working so hard in the desert.
Sadly, Vegas never came to pass. As time went on during our deployments, our priorities changed. Suddenly, our financial situations became more important and our feelings and sentiments changed. Looking back on it now I can’t think about what exactly it was that changed our priorities and why we lost our will to go and take life by the horns. I just remember getting back home and falling back into the same routine we had before we left. In reality, nothing had really changed. Sure we came back new men–I had slightly more confidence and he had more wisdom–but it wasn’t enough to force us to go out and take action like we talked about over email.
Perhaps it’s simply easier to say something then to actually do it. We talked a lot about what we wanted to do, but when the time finally came, we instead did nothing.
This brings credence to the sayings: talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words.
Here’s to doing more of what we say we’re going to do.