It took awhile for me to adjust to civilian life after the Army. The whole world seamed to be out of place. There’s no order to things like the military. People run around like little kids doing and saying whatever comes to mind. One thing that really stands out the most is the way people become panicked whenever something serious happened.
Being panicked isn’t in my vocabulary…
After 14 months of being mortared, shot at and receiving blown-up casualties in the middle of the night I’ve learned that getting panicked wastes time and possibly lives.
Nothing good comes out of being panicked. You can’t think straight and nothing will get accomplished as you’re running around like a decapitated chicken .
I’m not saying that I don’t get a little scared in sticky situations, it’s just that I don’t let it control me.
Have Faith instead of Getting Panicked
I have faith that God will tell me the right thing to do at all times, that drives the fear out of me and allows my brain to function properly so I can think straight.
My wife and daughter sometimes think that I don’t care about them because I don’t get panicked when they hurt themselves. I care, I just know that they won’t die.
I’m pretty sure every medic who has a CMB (Combat Medic Badge) can think calmly under bad situations because of practice. Next time you’re panicked, just remember to take a deep breath, say a quick prayer and deal with it the best you can