Photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich

Successful people make an effort to keep their minds strong, their skills fresh, their bodies durable, and their sights focused on their goals. They are proactive and always on a path of discovering solutions to problems. They build and maintain resilience, always developing themselves while still being of service to others.

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Photo by HMC Josh Ives

I did not transition from active duty in the most well-thought-out manner.

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Photo by Cpl. Jeff Drew

My transition out of the military began with a sobering thought as I drove off base for the last time with my DD214 in the passenger seat, replacing the check-out sheet that I had been working on for the last few weeks. I reminisced on all of my "last" experiences: the last time I went to the range, the last Marine Corps ball, the last unit physical training, the last fitness report, the last time I put on a certain uniform.

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