Yesterday at work Smittygirl met someone who was full of bluster about military service, and insisted that anyone who left the service before their commitment was up was… well, I don't know what terminology he might have used but at any rate he thought such people were bad people. Insofar as I am trying to do precisely that, Smittygirl was understandably a bit annoyed.
I was thinking about this today at work (hard to avoid, really). And I considered that there are going to be people out there who'll always say I left before I'd served my time, I cheated the service, and so forth and so on. And then I thought about the fact that in my opinion a contract works both ways and since I'm no longer doing the job for which I signed the contract, I don't see the thing as valid in the first place. But would people like Smittygirl's client understand that? Probably not.
And then I thought, do I need to try to convince people like that of my position? Nah. After all, such people are also very likely die-hard conservative republican Bush voters, and I don't agree with people like that on almost anything. Do I need to try to sway them? Nah. I don't care. I'm learning not to wrap my ego up in my beliefs (something most people need to learn), and the truth is, if there are people in the world who think I'm a bad person for trying to get out from under my service commitment (which, I might add, is assuredly much longer than the commitments such people ever might have signed themselves), let them think that. I don't need to be loved by everyone, and if someone wants to believe a war veteran with six years' service is a bad person for not giving another six… er, well, who precisely is going to pay them any mind? Certainly not me.