My message to all the Marines………
Posted by Mike Birdsong on September 14, 2012 at 11:00am
I know that the whole creep, crawl, walk, run concept is an easy one to overlook but I would like to break it down in terms of my experience. Hopefully it will resonate with you all.
Creep- To me the creep phase was the HARDEST. It was finally and absolutely accepting that I had problems and I needed to get outside help to correct them.
Crawl- The crawl was finally letting my issues out. Vocalizing them to another human being. It was tremendously difficult the 1st time I did that but it become a little easier to do it each time since.
Walk- For me this step is where I am now. I continue to share my story and grow. I have hope now for the 1st time in 14 years. I hope to continue to grow and get to a point where I am well enough to help others.
Run- Once I get well I want to have the courage and discipline to achieve my goals.
The other thing I want to share is that in my experience, being open-minded has helped me more than anything. I, unlike a lot of you, was and still am a lot of the times, closed minded. I have to remind myself daily to be open minded and open and willing to change and new ideas. I have tried it my way for a long time and wasn’t working at all. Just remember to hold onto the courage, hope, and discipline to change yourself.