Today marks the 10 year anniversary of one of the biggest changes in my life.
While I don't remember much of the day or the 3 months following it, I wouldn't be where I am today if it hadn't happened. If I hadn't started that journey long before I graduated high school, I wouldn't be sitting here with my beautiful wife and our amazing children. If I had changed my mind last minute, I wouldn't be writing this blog.
On 12/1/2003, I set foot on the infamous Yellow Footprints that all Marines know. On both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, on the pavement outside of Receiving, there are a group of yellow footprints painted on the ground. When you arrive at the Depot, it's on a bus filled with scared and anxious future recruits, waiting for the insanity to begin. When you're rushed off of the bus, you are required to stand on these yellow footprints.
If not for the Marine Corps, I don't know where I would be in my life. All I know is that it would be dramatically different.
- Author tells of his time at boot camp on Parris Island in 'Yellow Footprints (thestate.com)
- Marines celebrate 238th birthday (fox59.com)
- Happy 238th Birthday, United States Marine Corps! (whnt.com)
- I'm thankful for the Marines (mldoyleauthor.com)