Essay on Future Speech

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Patrick McDowell
Quote: You can accept failure, everyone fails at something, but you can’t accept not trying.
When I was younger, my dad’s favorite quote that he used to say to me was “you need to be able to accept failure; everyone fails at something, but you can’t accept is not trying.” My dad saying this to me has inspired me to do things that I really wanted to do but always feared failure. Throughout my life I have tried things that I’ve wanted to do. Some experiences failed more miserably than others. I’ve learned from every failure that I’ve been through. One thing I’ve learned is that failure is actually a good thing. How so? Well here it is; Failure allows us to see our mistakes, and allows us to see how good we really are at something. It also allows us to see what we need to change, or improve on in order to make ourselves successful. The most important thing I’ve learned from this quote is that if we let failure keep us down, we will never know what we could have accomplished in our lives.
As most of you may know, I am enlisted in the Air Force. I am currently enrolled in what I feel to be one of the most physically, and mentally demanding tasks I have ever done in my life so far. Pararescue training for the United States Air Force is Special Forces training. It’s just as elite as SEALs or Ranger training, which has caused me to fail multiple times; but I know that if I keep getting up and keep trying that I will make it to where I want to be in my life. Being a Pararescue Specialist, or PJ, requires me to save other peoples in dangerous combat missions. Their quote “The things we do so that others may live” is representative of who I am because I am willing to sacrifice my life to save my fellow brothers and sisters fighting next to me; so they have the ability to see their family and friends again. Pararescue medical school is one of the fastest paced, and difficult medical courses in the world. PJ’s, are the most highly, and fastest trained medical personnel in the world, they are flight doctors. With a graduation rate of 6% with an average class size of 100 recruits this will be the most difficult tasks of my life. I am also going to be starting my aviation school as well. I will begin learning how to fly jets like F-16’s and F-22 raptors. Failure is