Photos – Spangdahlem AB, Germany – 1983-1987 (Set Ninety Three – On to the Present, From Out of the Past)

I’ve completed my project of rewriting all of my early photo captions, and now it’s time to pick up again where I previously left off – in the 480th TFS  “Great Warhawk Nation” while stationed at Spangdahlem AB, Germany.  The remaining Spangdahlem photos are mostly vacation photos around Germany that I took prior to PCSing (PCS – Permanent Change of Station) to my next assignment at Mather AFB, CA, as a Nav Instructor.

During this period of rewriting captions I added, edited, corrected and reformatted many of my earlier photo captions.  As in anything else that one undertakes for the first time, this blog has been both a learning process and an adventure in and of itself.  As someone who has not been a published author or professional editor before, this summation of my life in pictures has been a challenging enterprise.  While most of the pictures in my photo albums were roughly in order (thankfully) – not all were.  The scanning and research to identify places that I traveled to over the years was time consuming and challenging as well.  Many thanks to the Internet, Google Images and Wikipedia for helping me to identify many of the photographs that I took earlier.

Knowing the challenges that I went through to get to this point in the process, I very much realize that no one else could have put my life into any sort of order…except for me.  So for those that are interested, the photos and captions that are posted are now more or less completed.  I’m sure that if I were to go back through them all again for a third time, I’d find more mistakes and corrections to make.  The good news is that I don’t have either the energy or the time to go back and scrub everything for a third time again.  However, if I do see a mistake or if someone points one out to me, I’ll make the correction right away; because I don’t even pretend to be perfect by any means.

So now I’ll go back to my photo albums and look to see where I left off, and continue on with telling my story…because a lifetime of photos becomes a book all of its own.  After all, when it’s all said and done; my aim in telling my personal story is to attempt to convince others to make the decision to “step off the well worn path of life, and onto the path less traveled…and chart your own personal course to the life of your dreams.”  Many people may not think it’s possible to make decisions for themselves, to live their own lives and to do the things in life that they want to do – but it is.  I won’t predict that making your own decisions in life will work out to your advantage – in either the short or long run; but the life you live at that point will be your own – to enjoy and to take responsibility for.  The one guarantee that you will have by living your own life, is to be able to look yourself in the mirror and know that you lived the life that you chose to live…for better or for worse; and that you did it, “Your Way” – just like in the song, “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.  Good luck!  🙂

Cheers,

Mark

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