Colonel Tim paused for a moment and then continued. “My advice to anyone with physical limitations is that you need to make the world work for you. Sure it’s tough, but hey, the world ain’t fair. Suck it up and drive on. You can quit if you want, but you’re better off training, practicing, and finding out what will work for you.”
During the long drive back home my head was filled with thoughts and images from the extended weekend. I was truly grateful for the experience. It turned out to be more than I could have ever imagined. I considered my new friend Colonel Tim and the inspiration he provided to everyone else who attended the course.
Settling in at my desk early the next morning I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from Tim. We talked about training and guns and how his personal story could be an inspiration to others. Rather than simply offer Tim’s advice one to one via email we agreed that this public piece would be a better avenue.
“I don’t need anyone to feel sorry for me,” Colonel Tim admonished, but if there are other folks out there in a similar situation, I want them to know that you can do it. It’s just tougher and you need to figure it out by trial and error. Don’t give up.”
Whether you have full use of your arms and legs or physical limitations, Tim’s advice holds true. Life can be tough. You can quit or you can drive on and make it work for you. The choice is yours to make. While watching the Colonel maneuver around the range with rifle in hand, making the world work for him, I was struck by the fact that most excuses are simply that. Before you tell yourself you can’t do it, consider Colonel Tim.
About The Author:
Mr. Markel is a former United States Marine, Police Officer, and has worked as a professional bodyguard both in the U.S. and overseas. A Subject Matter Expert on Small Arms and Tactics, Markel has provided instruction to law enforcement and U.S. Military troops.
As a recognized author and writer, Paul has penned several hundred articles published in numerous professional journals and trade periodicals. Topics include firearms training, use of force, marksmanship, less-than-lethal force options, product reviews and evaluations, emergency medical care, and much more. Sought after as a public speaker, Mr. Markel is at home in front of an audience large or small.