It’s been a while since I’ve written. Maybe it’s because I don’t have anything to say. Or perhaps it’s because I haven’t had time. Or perhaps it’s another reason altogether.

I’m visiting Chicago this week. After months of non-stop work, I finally got a break and wanted nothing more than to visit my family and my dog. Everything is more or less as I left it, as I suppose would be expected. It’s comforting to know that when everything is going crazy, whether good or bad, some things are always there.

This is not to say that I take them for granted. I cherish my family very much, I think mostly because I know them, and they know me. Mom and I were talking today, and I said, “we may not always like each other, but we love each other, and we’ll always be there however we can for each other.”

I know I’m very fortunate that I can say that, which is why I do everything I can to remember that and apply that to all of my relationships. Many people I come in contact with tell me I’m unique and I think that’s where it stems from. My friends are my extended family, and I treat them as such. People I don’t know are potential friends, and therefore potential family. Ergo, my unique attitude towards people and life.

If this isn’t complete rambling, I don’t know what is. Maybe I’ll have something better tomorrow.

Author: Matthew

U.S. Marine Corps officer living in North Carolina. The views expressed here are my own, and are in no way intended to represent the United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense or any of its components.

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