By Boot Recruit Myra
What is it about January 1, which causes us draw a deep breath and slowly release as if we just got a new lease on life? It’s the day of new beginnings, a fresh start, a visible and tangible way to cast out the old and usher in the new. It’s full of mystery; what will the next year bring? As long as I can remember my family traditionally asks the question “I wonder where we’ll be this time next year?” I love the New Year mostly for reflection and the knowledge that if it was a particularly bad year, I can put it behind me and begin anew. It’s the moment when we end one chapter in our personal history books and start on the next with a clean page.
Personal history is an important part of passing on a legacy. Your life, filled with ups and downs, moments of pure joy and sheer terror, times of youthful discovery and aged wisdom, create a history book like none other. It’s unique and while elements of other’s lives might parallel with yours, your story is your own and no historian can edit the facts you know to be true about your life. You are the only one who can pass it along for others in hopes by knowing your history your legacy is preserved.
It is so uniquely American to usher in these new chapters in our personal history books with a football game and fresh flowers. If you don’t like football, what’s not to love about the sense of renewal wrapped up in the most amazing parade floats you’ll ever smell? The 122nd Tournament of Roses begins tomorrow with a parade, followed by a football game in which Boot Campaign’s friend Marcus Luttrell is the honorary guest.
Now there is a guy who, I’m sure, is not only glad for new beginnings each year, but every day. If you’ve read his book, Lone Survivor, you know 2005 was a tough year, and although he can never forget it, was glad to see it go. If you haven’t read his personal history book, go get it. Do yourself a favor and start 2011 off by reading it. Even better, if you’ve made New Year’s resolutions read the book before you start whatever you resolve to do. His personal history will inspire you to stay the course.
For Marcus, I’m thinking 2011 is already turning up rosy. He closed his 2010 chapter by marrying his one true love, Melanie. He will spend the better part of 2011 doing work for his charity organization Lone Survivor Foundation, in raising funds to assist wounded veterans. We here at the Boot Campaign are in partnership with Marcus and the LSF to support his mission. No matter how 2011 turns out, it’s safe to say that Marcus is intent in forging a legacy of hope and encouragement to our troops. You could say everything’s finally coming up roses for our Rose Bowl honoree so make sure you tune in!