The Army taught how to do pushups, how to polish boots to a high glossy shine, how to sleep anywhere, when to keep my mouth shut and when to take charge. The Army buried itself so deep in my brain I can no longer remember what they taught me and what I was before. But above all else, the Army taught me how to wait.

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The plane I’m waiting for is currently 10 minutes late and that’s ok. All I can do is wait. Getting impatient won’t help. Getting mad at the jackass talking too loud on his cell phone won’t get me on the plane any faster. Nope. All I can do is wait and read and drink my coffee. This is out of my hands. It’s really not such a bad way to spend a morning.

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