This is not a well-written post that will move you in ways you did not think you could be moved. It is not a perfect view of language or wonder. It is simply something that I believe in, wrote down and posted. It is a statement of my feeling.
The blood of martyrs stains the path behind me. The blood of soldiers and victims, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, all stain the path behind me. The path behind me has created orphans and monsters, demons and saints.
The path behind me is the path before me.
Every step I take makes what is ahead, under. One more step and what is under, is behind.
My very existence should be a celebration of all that has gone before me.
To quote/paraphrase: In Gladiator, the character of Maximus states that “What we do in life echoes in eternity”. In 300, the character of Leonidas proclaims to Xerxes that “The world will know that free men stood up to a tyrant, that the few stood up against the many”.
It is this statement, amongst others, that show the gift that has been given to us, that has been fought for so bloodily.
Before us and for us, billions have died. After us trillions will die. We cannot squander the gift that has been given to us. After death, we are merely a number, but during life, we are a person.
To make me, two people had to meet. To make those two, four people had to meet. To make those four, eight people had to meet. The numbers of my ancestors, their weight and sacrifice, must not be wasted.
Our past has given us wonders beyond counting, and atrocities beyond reason.
The path behind is stained. The path ahead is stained.
But the path ahead can be cleaned and purified. The wonders may increase, and the atrocities will decrease.
So then, today, I make my pledge.
I will not squander the chance that has been given to me. Each day I will live in celebration of all that has come before and faith in all that will follow. I will live my life to not end up a number, but end up a person. A name, history and legacy.
Today I pledge to not waste the sacrifices made for me.
I pledge it.