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  • Writer's pictureSgt. Robert Bauer JD MA (Ret OPS)

What if I had Succeeded?

As I reflect on my own journey, I am reminded of a pivotal moment when I stood on the precipice of darkness, ready to succumb to the weight of my pain. It was a moment that could have ended everything, but instead, it became the turning point that led me to a life filled with purpose and blessings beyond measure.

Thirty-eight years ago, I found myself in the depths of despair, grappling with unimaginable loss and heartache. The scars of war, the sting of betrayal, and the ache of loneliness threatened to consume me entirely. In that moment of desperation, I made a choice that could have sealed my fate forever.

But what if I had succeeded?

If I had succeeded in ending my pain, I would have missed out on the incredible journey that awaited me. I would have missed the opportunity to build a beautiful family, to witness the growth and achievements of my children, and to find love and companionship in unexpected places.

I would have missed the chance to turn my pain into purpose, to use my own experiences to reach out and help others who are walking a similar path. I would have missed the opportunity to save lives, to offer a glimmer of hope to those who feel lost in the darkness.

My friend, I understand the depth of your pain. I know how it feels to believe that there is no way out, no light at the end of the tunnel. But I am here to tell you that there is always hope. Even in our darkest moments, there is a flicker of light waiting to guide us forward.

Please know that you are not alone. Reach out for help, lean on those who care about you, and never underestimate the power of your own resilience. Your story is not over yet, and the best chapters may still be waiting to unfold.

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