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American Soldier says,
I know this mindset.
I stumbled across this video this morning and it really brought me back. While holding my baby daughter in my arms I clicked on this video. I’ve never really spoken or written of the day I got hurt. The exact details and what happened to me when it actually happened still embedded in my brain. I’m talking about the spiritual event that occurred at the very moment of the explosion. Beyond the pain it was the mindset and feeling that I was about to leave my body and move on. The visions in my mind were quite peaceful and reassuring that it was ok. Not many people have had a near death experience and come back to tell about it. I’ve kept it sort of private because I didn’t really know how to describe it.
So I clicked on this video and literally found myself tearing up and remembering my moment. The day that my world was turned upside down. A warm morning in Ramadi. In what was probably seconds these were my thoughts.
If my writing seems scattered just bear with me and just try to envision it with the images you see in this video. Ok here goes. I had these images of my wife. Her holding our first baby girl the day she was born. A certain walk in the park that only she would remember. The smiles of our children while taking a picture at an apple orchard that we go to every year. A certain lazy Sunday, when it was not full of war. And one memory I will just keep to myself.
These thoughts all came to me in silence and in slow motion. I heard nothing during this moment. When I came to, the sound of the yelling, the sounds of the gunshots, and the sound of the helicopter coming to get me. All the images in this video brought it all back. I found myself watching it over and over and every time a knot would begin in my throat and my eyes glistening.
I am glad that I found it and I hope the man who made it never has to see this in his own vision.
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