A Trip Down Memory Lane

I’ve been a “civvy” now for nearly six years and even today I still find myself reminiscing about the good old times. Well, I say “civvy” but I guess if you’ve served in the armed forces, you’re never quite a fully fledged civilian ever again.

I’m very fortunate to not suffer from PTSD, at least, I don’t think I do… but I do occasionally take the odd trip down memory lane and it’s something I don’t really have control over.

It’s not a rare sight to see the odd chinook helicopter flying over my local area and that doesn’t usually initiate a memory montage. However, recently I have seen a couple Apache Attack Helicopters conducting exercises in the sky above and this for some unexplained reason brings it all back…

 

 

As if it was only yesterday, a memory playback like watching a film at the cinema. I slip into a daydream and replay through scenarios which we encountered on operational tours. As I sit here writing this blog, I wonder if I am a little wacky and maybe there are people saying “let it go, man“.

The strange thing about it is, although I have an amazing family and a Mrs who I love more than anything in the world, I periodically wish I could go back. Like an extreme holiday package, going on patrol, getting into firefights with the enemy and simply living with the blokes in a compound located in the middle of nowhere; with no other worries at all.

The adrenaline, comradeship and that mad hatter life we all lived. I’ll hold my hands up, I do miss the good old days…

 

Am I alone, or do I share common ground with other Veterans?

What takes you back?

 

Written by Jamie Kennedy

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One thought on “A Trip Down Memory Lane

  1. Ski on

    No alone pal. We all want to go back, some days it seems like a dream, or that somebody else did all the amazing things you get to do on tour. At one point i was responsible of £13m
    worth of kit!

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