After being granted access, I was enthralled by the amount of information and the mindset one should attain before embarking on this journey. I learned that settling, becoming complacent, or accepting anything remotely less than perfection (which one may argue is never truly attainable) is something that is as shameful as it is detrimental to one's development. Moreover, I have understood that it is not merely a test of physical prowess or capability, but a test of the will, of the soul, and of the psychological determination one has to complete their mission.
It is honestly hard to stop reading the mentoring threads. I do not want to miss any of what was covered previously and am grasping for every ounce of history and insight into how I may best prepare myself, both in physical and mental facets, for what undoubtably will be the toughest period in my life.
Also, a major part of what I "took home" was the emphasis on the history of the Rangers, the men that served as such, and how they lived up to the Creed they chose to live by. My respect for them and the Rangers grew tenfold, and the drive I feel to achieve this goal of mine was solidified even more.
What I hope to learn from a Ranger mentor is not merely someone to yell at me, make sure my affairs are in order, or to keep me focused. What I would hope to learn from a Ranger mentor is even the slightest inkling as to the mentality of a warrior. If that is something that can only be truly understood through direct experience, then I sincerely apologize for my ignorance and totally understand. What I mean by that is that I want to be able to get into the "training for war" mentality. For a civilian such as myself, I am finding it difficult to transform my mindset from an athletic-improvement state of: "I need to shave 20 seconds off my time for inner satisfaction" to a: "the faster I can run, the more I can push, the quicker I react, the better teammate and warrior I may become."
I have never wanted anything more in my life than this. I have the opportunity in front of me, I have the insatiable drive to prepare, and am readying myself for the moment to come, so that I may walk the walk and prove my ability to take part in something that such honorable men have been a part of before me.
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