14th July, 2002
So I’ve been at my new job for about a week now, and it’s surprisingly not all that bad. I am basically working by myself for the most part, or with one other person, putting fruits and vegetables on the shelves. Not exactly anything that is too hard or challenging. The people I work tend to either be old ladies or guys my age. I already saved up enough money to buy a super cheap car that I found in the paper, so that’s pretty awesome. I finally won’t have to rely on rides or taking the god awful bus to school for my final semester. It’s the ugliest, biggest, oldest piece of junk around but it’s mine! Now most of my pay check goes towards gas for it, but I’m perfectly fine with that. It really does add a whole new level of freedom to my life.
Speaking of my life, which is what this entire thing is supposed to be about, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Someone from work asked me what my plans were for after high school, and I didn’t really have an answer. I’m completely sick and tired of school, and really don’t feel like going to college right away, even if it meant playing baseball at a school on a scholarship. As much as I love baseball, I’m just tired of the classroom setting and being forced to learn at someone else’s pace and standards. Schools don’t care about the individual anymore, they only worry about average test scores and numbers of people finishing. Which I feel defeats the whole purpose of going to school in the first place, which to me, is expanding your own personal knowledge.
So, I don’t really know what I’m going to do after my final semester of school. I’ve always thought that maybe the military might be an option that I would enjoy. I’ve always been a fan of war movies, and military style video games. I know it’s a lot different in real life, but it’s still been an interest of mine. I’ve also got a lot of family members who have served in the military, so it would make sense I think. As a kid, I kind of always wanted to be in the Army.
Speaking of the military, I have started reading the book Black Hawk Down, which I borrowed from my dad. I was too young to really know or care about it when it actually happened back in 1993, so it has all been pretty new to me. I’m not that far in to it, but it’s a pretty good book so far. I’ll probably give my opinions on it when I’m finished reading it. I don’t usually read non-fiction books, but Dad said that it was a good book and mentioned what the story was about. It has pictures of the crashed helicopters, some of the Soldiers together before the battle, and pictures of the bodies of some of the guys that were in the Black Hawks when they crashed. It’s pretty messed up stuff if you ask me. They showed those guys on the news and apparently nobody in the U.S. even really knew that our military was in Africa. That is pretty crazy to me. Anyway, that’s enough writing for tonight.