In my essay, I describe my military experience and how it affected my life. I describe how what I saw and did, and the people I met, helped make me glad for the things I now have and my life.
During my time in combat, I was lucky enough to serve with my brother Samuel. He was the one that joined up in order to fight for our freedoms. My father believed he was brainwashed by the local media into joining up and feared for his life greatly, ergo he was happy that I joined up too.
I was placed in basic training in my local area, and so was in the same barracks as my brother. We found basic training very easy, as our upbringing involved a lot of work outdoors on our farm and protecting the local bear population from poachers. Both my brother and me were very physically fit and were never given any trouble by our drillmaster.
The day eventually came when we were shipped overseas, and ended up in a part of Eastern Europe that has seen insurgency rise very quickly. We didn’t know at the time, but they were being heavily financed by a local group and had grown in far greater numbers than our military leaders had assumed.
Recon in the area we were placed was shaky, but we had no reason to believe there was heavy enemy activity in the area because the local populace had been very tight-lipped about the subject. I discovered later that recon was bad in the area because the local villages and local town were conspiring with the insurgents. Many of the local people had family members who were with the insurgents.
After entering the forest area near the eastern town, we were shelled unexpectedly and forced to make our way to cover on foot. Our troops were picked off one by one and our leaders demand we advance because we were taking heavy losses. The dust from the shells made very good cover and the remainder of our troop were able to move through the woods into a fortified area very easily.
Whilst on the outskirts of the enemy’s fortified position we were hit with a toxic gas. I and a few others had masks, but the troops behind us were hit without warning and dispersed in a blind panic to get away from the gas. My brother was among them and lost his vision, as many of the men did, which lead him to run towards the outskirts of the forest.
The intense noise made it difficult for me to call to my brother, but I found my way to a clearing and lost the other men as I shouted for my brother. Beyond the clearing, I heard him calling out and found him blinded and caught up on barbed wire. I pulled him free and saw that he had been shot in the stomach by high caliber rounds. He died in my arms but was able to hear my voice before he passed.
This episode changed my life. It helped me to understand that time with all people and things is limited. I understand that the only comfort we have is gratitude for the fact we actually had the things we lost in the first place. Though my brother’s death saddened me, I think it is a form of beautiful sadness because the only way his death could have made me as sad as it did was because he made me so happy when he was here. It made me glad for the times I spent and spend with people and the things around me.
In life, many events influence the way one acts or the decisions one makes. Basically, one goes through certain events in life that have such a big impact they totally change the life of an individual. For me, the life-changing event happened when I enrolled in college a few years ago. Since that occurred, January has always been a special month for me because this is the month that makes me remember the event and remember how this event totally changed my life and made me look at my life from a totally different perspective.
As I was joining my freshman year, I naturally took note of the new-found freedom. I wanted to use this freedom to experience some of the things that I had been curious about but could not engage in because I did not feel free enough. What I did not know is that the whole experience of joining college and getting orientated to college life would totally change my life. For starters, while joining college, for the first time, I referred to another place other than the place where my parents had raised me. For others in my dormitory, the process of integrating into dormitory life and feeling at home in their rooms appeared to come naturally but it was not that easy for me. The whole process was highly emotional for me, because I had the feeling that being so comfortable in the room would be like betraying my parents who have always taught me that our home is the most important place to cherish. The feeling that my parents were not a stone’s throw away, as is the case in my room at home, also made me feel anxious, as I began to feel the strain of being so far away from my parents. Overall, however, the process taught me an important lesson in the importance of moving away and establishing my own life separate from my parents.
The other issue about joining my first year that is part of the whole life-changing event is the part where I had to make new friends; especially now that I was in a college here, I did not know anyone. Making friends at home had always been an easy task, given that our home is located in a gated community and my parents often visited the neighbors. As they did so, they would introduce me to the neighbors’ children and therefore provide a very good platform for me to make friends. To make things even better, most of the neighboring children went to the school where I was enrolled and as such, when I joined school, I had some sort of a soft landing with regard to making friends. In college, however, I had to make friends from scratch and it was a really humbling and insightful moment.
Some tips on writing a narrative essay on a life changing moment:
- Remember that in this type of essay you should remember that while reading your essay, the audience should be able to paint a vivid picture in their minds.
- In addition to that, if you are narrating about an event at some point of your life, make sure you are not describing your everyday routine.
- Get readers’ attention by choosing an even, where you can build up a climax.
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