July 16, 2015 a gunman killed five servicemen at a Navy and Marine Corps reserve unit in Chattanooga Tennessee. I was a mile away at work and witnessed the city go on lockdown as ‘active shooter situation’ and ‘no-fly zone’ announcements appeared on the news.
Although I didn’t know those men, their lives and that incident impacted me in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
One year later, July 16, 2016 I met a Marine veteran of the Iraq war and our conversations and interactions over the next couple years would change the way I think.
During this time, a friend introduced me to Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey.
This episode is in honor of the men who lost their lives that virulent day, and it’s also in honor of new friendships.