So, it has been done. My transition back into IT (albeit temporarily) is complete. I’ve passed all of my medical and training and I’ll be on a plane tomorrow to dive back into the world of “austere” support environments and technical skills.
But… I’m not just retreading what I’ve done. I’ll be building new skills, because… let’s face it… leaving on an epic journey into a dangerous place almost demands that you come back better, stronger, more skilled… else, what’s the point in going?
I mean. Aside from ensuring my freedom from debt. That’s a big one.
And yes… I do have a new plan. A year-long plan, even. It’s not done… I’m still working out the details… but there are a few broad stroke items I’m going to address.
1) Fitness. Always and forever, but this time I’m going to try to do a few things with it. One, I’m going to rock a Marathon… either on my own for distance, or officially with a base event. That’s been on the eventual list forever, so I’ll try to knock it out. Two, I’m going to work on flexibility. I think my flexibility limits my strength, so… time to knock it out. And lastly for now? I’m going to to try for a fitness level that meets top-level Army requirements.
2) Cybersecurity. I plan on using Coursera, my law student resources, and some IT training to beef up my skill in Cybersecurity. I’m toying with the idea of privacy law and cybersecurity / cyber-law… but I need more skill on the technical side to excel so… that will happen. Without going into tons of detail today, I suspect we’re approaching a battle over government need and individual liberties.
3) Human Rights (Trafficking.) The exploitation of individuals sucks, and I’ll be looking into ways to fight it using the tools I already have and the tools I intend to acquire.
4) Post-Law Plan. I’ll be working on this while I’m gone.
Questions I’m getting:
Are you coming back to finish law school?
Yeah, I think so! I never say for sure because that’s inviting trouble. But my plan is to do a year or so before I return. Sorry, classmates… but I’m sure you don’t miss me much anyway. 😉
Why did you do this? You’re crazy!
Because it makes sense for my long-term plans. And yes, I may be insane.
Is where you’re going dangerous?
It can be, but I’m surrounded by the best of the best. So… you’re probably in more danger walking through NE Philly at night.
Will you send me something cool?
Maybe. I’ll definitely send a postcard… but if you want more than one, you have to write back.
Anything I missed? Let me know.