Waking up onboard a naval vessel underway, far from everything I know and love, and with the same agonizing routine every day; it is like waking up dazed and confused, trapped in a dreary steel maze with nothing but dead ends. No matter how many turns a person makes, the mood is depressing with nowhere to escape. But being out on deck in the wee morning, Mother Nature caresses and comforts me with a majestic sunrise and beautiful waves. She brings peace and serenity to my heart and allows me to see far beyond the ship.
The day begins with BM1â€™s loud and raspy voice. â€œGet up, get up!â€ He yells at the top of his lungs â€œYou have five minutes to get to the Flight deck!â€ I throw myself out of my rack, having not yet wiped the sleep ...view middle of the document...
Within minutes into the workout, I noticed the sun sneaking up from the horizon gradually awakening from its night of rest. As I begin to run at a calm and steady pace, my eyes are caught in the distance admiring Mother Nature at her best. An orange-pinkish silk covers the sky, its bright yellow corona, vast in a clear light blue steadily turning darker as I keep glancing up. The rays shinning in my face are giving me a clear view of the true colors of life rather than the usual gray and white of the ship. Though it was off to a rough start, with every step I take I can feel the comfort of the sun smiling down my way.
My legs begin to tire and become heavy; my calves become tighter and tighter. Sweat runs down my brow, into my eyes. But there is no stopping, I wipe my face with my hand and continue to run. Looking out into the ocean I notice the sparkles from the sea as if it was covered by diamonds. The waves crest and crash over each other forming little rainbows through the oceanâ€™s spray. Even though Iâ€™m not the only person on the flight deck, I feel as if everyone has vanished, and all of a sudden, I am in my own world. Numb to the aching in my legs, I think to myself, â€œLife is good.â€
From the moment my eyes waken to the start of a new day, I am forced into a hurried and hectic state. It is depressing, and I ask myself hopelessly, â€œWhat am I doing here?â€ Even with the physical stress of running on the flight deck, I meet the climax of the day. I witness the sun telling me through its extraordinary blend of colors that there is more to life than this. It fills me with the strength to keep pushing along. The sea relieves my body from its aching and evaporates my daily struggles. As I glance far into the horizon, I notice a brighter side of life.