Memorial Day should be more than another long weekend to do what we please. Instead, here's a great way to honor those who paid the ultimate price.
I used to get so pissed off seeing people blatantly abusing the free time set aside for Memorial Day.
The Girls Gone Wild style of behavior was the worst.
It was so disrespectful that I'd become downright infuriated, and you would too if you had fought beside those who are no longer here.
Let me tell you something: being angry, feeling bitter, that's no way to live.
There's been a long time to think about it and my feelings have since changed.
Here's the best way to celebrate Memorial Day without losing sight of its meaning.
Setting The Tone
First, let's put you in the boots of someone who's been to war:
You and your closest friends deploy, knowing some will end up dying incredibly horrible deaths, and some do.
Some are burned beyond recognition before Doc stabilizes them, a ray of hope before they die anyway in the hospital.
Some expire in a pool of their own blood, cold and alone as their comrades struggle to win the fight.
This is a reality most Americans never experience.
As a result, most see Memorial Day as another long weekend where they get to do whatever they want without actually honoring what it's all about in the first place:
Memorial Day isn't about the living, it's about the dead.
By now you feel somber and understand why I was upset.
With time I let it go and found peace...
What if I had died in combat?
Would I want to be remembered for it?
Would I want everyone to boo-hoo over me?
Not really, because that'd be kind of a buzzkill.
Instead, I'd want everyone to live their lives to the fullest.
It's reasonable to assume the Marines who died on those deployments would want the same.
And one way to do that would be to go fishing.
Seriously, hear me out!
Fishing is more than "just fishing."
Fishing trips have a special power to them other things don't and, as a result, are great tools to dramatically impact someone's life.
Whether they are fighting addiction, overcoming depression or simply need a breath of fresh air, taking someone fishing with you is a noble thing to honor those who have fallen.
We all have that person in our lives, so be their guide to the outdoors and plant that seed.
Besides, there's a difference between going fishing because you can, and going fishing to serve a higher purpose.
Spread The Word
This is a powerful message. People need to hear it.
If you know someone who does, please share this with them.
That would mean the world to me.