We are all on a journey. Though each of our Journeys are as individual as our character, they are intertwined in ways beyond our own imagination. The decisions we make today have the capability of affecting complete strangers in the future. If there is one thing I have learned on my journey, a journey that has been full of unexpected twists and turns, its that we have to make the hard decisions to better our lives today. I was once given good advice from my mother, she told me some things in our lives can affect us like a sliver. They will cause pain in our lives, and that pain will be throbbing and it will swell up and fester. All we have to do is pull the sliver. My sliver lasted for years. It poisoned my body and my soul, until one day I yanked it out of my life. It hurt. The pain was excruciating for the brief time it took to remove the foreign body, but the relief beyond that was unbelievable. I have a second chance in life… I can walk again. The throbbing bane to my existence is gone. I have begun to rectify the bad decisions I made after returning home from Iraq, but I am learning more and more everyday. I am excited about my future. I want you to be excited about your future. I want you to pull the slivers festering in your lives. Our lives could be rocked by an explosion at any time. It may come in the form of a car accident or a heart attack. We might survive and we might not. What will your legacy be. How will you be remembered. Lets work today at making our legacy bulletproof.