NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s the fifth round of the fight. You are exhausted and the sweat from your brow makes it hard to see. Every muscle aches; the bell rings and you stagger to your stool by the ropes. Who is in your corner? I’m a boxing fan. I look at life as a boxing match.
We get hit from all different directions and attempt to maintain our balance every round. We fight back in in order to not get knocked down. knocked down. But, sometimes we do fall or stumble. This is what a basic boxing match looks like.
So, who is in your corner?
You might assume your family, friends or co-workers, however in reality we never know who is in our corner until life throws us a left-hook out of nowhere.
Unfortunately, we all may have experienced something of this nature in our lives and careers making life in the military complicated. All Airmen deal with stressful issues daily. Everything from the pressure to attain and maintain thousands of regulations, to caring for our families, to serving on deployments and even suffering the sucker punches thrown at them.
When we look at the issues these Airmen face, to blame someone or something for it but many people would say that it’s just a magical four-letter word called “life.” The best part about dealing with these issues is you don’t have to go through it alone. There are experienced trainers in your corner.
The military has absolutely phenomenal programs to help. One such resource is the Airmen & Family Readiness Center. For example, you are in debt and see no way out or you just need some financial guidance — there is a Personal Financial Readiness course they offer which will teach you all about budgeting.
Sometimes you will get to be the spectator or the trainer. They give physical support such as water, ice on a busted eyebrow, a towel, a place to rest, a Band-Aid. They give spiritual and moral support to help keep the boxer confident with saying things like: “You got this,” or “Keep up the great work!” They give mental support such as instructing the boxer how to get the upper hand, to protect himself, or to capitalize on a weakness of their opponent.
Would you agree boxers can win without support? Of course not. They need support in their corner. The U.S. Air Force provides people and resources ready to help. Who is in your corner? Who can you count on?
Let us, your Nellis Chapel Team, be in your corner. You don’t have to struggle on your own. We will support you whenever you call and even when you don’t. At the end of the day we all need someone in our corner. We will always be in yours.