This essay is the author’s reflections upon returning to civilian life following four years in the military. The essay describes the thoughts, feelings and relationships the author experienced during a deployment in Afghanistan and the uncertainty involved with returning to the US. The hopes accompanying new beginnings and a changed perspective on life are associated with what is described as a “graceful surrender of youth”.
"Gracefully Surrendering the Things of Youth,"
JCCC Honors Journal:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarspace.jccc.edu/honors_journal/vol3/iss1/3