My name is Balwant Singh Rajput and I am an ex-soldier from one of the best military force in the world – the Indian Army. I was 18 when I joined the Army. I am 53 now and retired. I am proud of my life and I can boast of my career and life to anybody I meet. However, the motive of writing this article is not to tell you about myself or my experiences as a soldier. I’m writing this to tell you how being patriotic can help you live better lives and explore your potential to the fullest.
To bring across my point to you, here are some pointers for you.
Experience love in its truest form
If you ask a soldier how much he loves his country, you might get different responses. But, I’m sure of one thing. Every soldier serving the army would be ready to give up his life for the protection and progress of this nation. That is love in its truest form. It is a willingness to do the unthinkable and putting love for the country above everything else.
Discover the joy of brotherhood
There is nothing like the feeling of being with your fellow soldier. There is something about being a comrade in arms that makes being a soldier one of the best feelings in the world. When it comes to having close friends for life, a soldier has the luck to find not just one but many such friends throughout his life. This is what makes army people examples of brotherhood and unity.
Feel the desire to serve
As a soldier, there is this intense desire to do something for the country that you become ready to do anything that comes your way. You begin to learn that no work is too small or too big. You start appreciating the value of labour.
Fulfill the commitment to protect
When it comes to protecting the country, a soldier is ready to do anything. Commitment to protect the integrity of the nation is a part of every soldier’s training. There is nothing that can challenge a soldier’s commitment towards protection of his motherland.
Other than respecting all personnel of the Indian Army Rank, an Indian soldier develops a deep sense of respect for himself. He starts realizing that his life is of much more value that he thought to be. He starts taking better care of himself and feels good about it.
Love beyond borders
Contrary to the belief that a soldier from a particular country hates the soldiers from enemy countries, there are actually not many hard feelings in a soldier’s heart. Soldiers understand emotions. We are not killing machines. We have feelings of love too. However, when we have to take arms to protect the country, we do not get weakened by such thoughts. We do everything to protect the nation, no matter if it means killing hundreds or thousands of enemies.
While this is certainly my personal perception, any soldier from any Indian Army Rank reading this post will agree with me on these points. Trust me, there is no other way of living a fulfilled life than serving the country in some way. You don’t have to join the army for that though. You can still serve the nation by some or other way. Figuring that out is what I leave up to you.