Why does the “transition” suck? Is it the use of the term? Maybe. It doesn’t feel like a transition, it feels like a firing. No matter how you look like it, you’ve quit and society doesn’t have a next step for you. You’re fired. I can honestly say I can go any direction. To any industry. It’s kind of a crap shoot. I know many of us get lost in love, in a relationship and fall forward into a relationship. I know for me, I tried to be someone that I’m not. And so, that relationship is over. done. And I am right back, as lost as I was when I first contemplated getting out. In reality, my “transition” was the sixty seconds it took to drive through the gate at Fort Campbell. It was easier than I thought it’d be, but it’s easy to take off or start something. It was easy to get married – but, it’s not easy to deal with your decisions when they lack wisdom.
I started an MBA, and my conclusion is that graduate school is a useful transition tool. I’ve written in the past that a loss of sense of purpose led me astray from special operations. Now, it’s the same old – and I’ve learned the grass is not necessarily greener. I do now think you have to create your own ideal conditions. Too bad society is such a racket.