*Update 02/25/2010: Sorry if the video didn’t load, but YouTube was acting funny. Everything should be fixed now though. Thanks for understanding!!*
While I was doing my warmup for my first run of the day, I decided to record a vlog to tell you guys why I’m joining the Navy.
You see, the other day, I received another email from Leo, who you might remember from Vlog 11. In his email, he basically says that he thinks going into the Navy is a really bad idea. Instead, he suggests that I should just sell some of my things in order to rent an efficiency apartment in the city, look for a full-time job out there, and save up for a year without buying any non-essentials (like guitars lol). That way, I have a nice fat wad of cash and my own pad again.
I haven’t emailed him back, and I’m not going to because I think it’s pointless to focus my energy on people who are basically trying to run my life. I know he means well and his heart’s in the right place, but ultimately, I make the decisions when it comes to my future and I think that the Navy is the right place for me, at least for the next four years.
I know that I’ve touched on why I’m joining the Navy, but I haven’t dedicated a whole post/vlog to it, which I think it deserves. There are several reasons why, but most of all I’m joining to start a new life.
I’m also joining the Navy to gain life experience. I’ve noticed for a long time now that the quality of my blog has been going down (I’m sure the sponsored posts haven’t helped the quality either), and because I haven’t been doing anything exciting like traveling or just living life, I think my blog as well as my life would continue to go downhill if something drastic wasn’t done.
Earlier this year, I sat down one day to look at what I’ve done with my life so far and where I’m going and to be honest, I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some fun times and I’ve gotten past some pretty nasty things too; but I felt that I’m not really going anywhere.
I started thinking about what I want to do, like visit Japan and finishing college, and it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to do that without making a big change. Although visiting Japan and recording all my exploits there might seem like a really low goal to some, I think that if it’s that important to me, I should do it no matter what and by any means nessicary.
This became all the more relevent with the passing of Rodger Swan, one of the most watched (and universally liked) j-vloggers from YouTube. Although he was only a year younger than me, he had already done what I want to do and so much more! He had gone to Japan (twice!!), recorded what he did there for others to see, and just plain had fun with his life.
When I die, I want to look back on the fun times and be proud that I got myself out of my parents’ house and where I want to be, surrounded by good friends and family. I also want to leave something for my friends and family to read and watch after I’m gone, which is another reason I like to blog and vlog. It’s sometimes fun to look back at what I’ve recorded and/or written and try to get into my headspace at that point in time.
With my joining the Navy, I’m keeping my goals to a five-year maximum and I don’t want to plan beyond that simply because I tend to overcomplicate things when I do that and even the simplest changes now could have dramatic effects in the future so I would have to replan everything all over again, and I just don’t want that headache. I want to keep myself open to possibilities, but I need to stay focused on my goals as well.
So what would I say to Leo if I were to write him back? I’d thank him for the long and thought-out email, but I’d also say that the Navy is right for me and would help me reach my goals of graduating college and going to Japan.
In the meantime, I’m gonna be training for the Navy as well as looking for a job for some spending cash. Thus far in my training, I’ve lost almost 14 lbs. In order to keep my weight down, I’m gonna focus on not eating after supper because I’ve noticed that I tend to gain weight or stay the same weight whenever I eat after supper, especially if it’s late at night. I go into MEPS this Thursday-Friday so I’m really excited/nervous about it!!
After I get back from that, I’m gonna focus more on performance instead of just weight loss. You see, I have to take a physical test before I even go into boot camp and my goal is to do at least 60 pushups and situps and run 1.5 miles in 12 minutes. I times myself on Sunday, and I got 16 minutes and 24 seconds, which is not bad, but I still have to train myself to lower my time as well as be able to do the situps and pushups.
Well, I’m gonna go eat my dinner so I’ll see you guys later!!