Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I can have moments of excessive pride. Having just turned 67 a few days ago, I was feeling pretty good about myself. Having recently overcoming some big challenges, and crossing a few things off my bucket list. Like completing a full marathon, doing my first triathlon, swimming a mile non stop. All of which I have some pride in accomplishing.
Last night, I was cruising my Netflix account, and thinking I might get some inspiration from the Discovery Channel's "Surviving the Cut" series. I'd previously watched a few of them, I remember the Navy Seals and Army Rangers and Special Forces (sometimes called Green Berets) shows. Special Forces soldiers will be quick to inform you that a Green Beret is a hat and Special Forces soldiers is the correct designation. But, I digress. These shows they take the viewer through the typical several weeks of extreme challenges these superb young men must overcome to become a Seal or Ranger, or any other type of special forces soldier or sailor.
So I did watch the Marine Recon episode last night. I don't know how accurately they depict a this particular schools challenges, but this episode was not unlike the Rangers or Navy Seals episodes. Just pushing these men beyond what one would imagine is physically possible.
Watching these shows will give one a different perspective on ones own accomplishments. What is difficult and what is bordering on inhumanly difficult. Watching these guys push themselves so hard and refusing to quit (those who've read my blogs know I that I'm strongly against quitting) despite extreme hardship is very humbling and very motivating. I guess you'll have to watch them yourself to understand.
I hope you can find and watch them if you have Netflix.
If you are interested, found the link below - you can navigate from there to find other videos. Sorry, but there's a short advertisement before the video plays.