Going to try and keep a long story short.
I keep a log about joining either the royal marines or the parachute regiment.
I had a conversation the other day with a bloke who's ex-para/airborne and he gave me some really good advice that made me think.
I know that I won't be applying to either the royal marines or the parachute regiment for at least 9 months. By and large, I'm fit enough to get in (not pass-out!) already - all the training I'm doing at the moment is for the purpose of getting me fitter and stronger, and it's working, but he questioned as to why I was starting so early.
He then asked what I was doing at the moment. I'm still in school, working on things that I don't really care about. I'd rather I could apply without consent tomorrow. But then he pointed out that if I fuck my schoolwork off for this extra 'training' that is for the sake of it, then I could be screwing myself over in the future if I get injured badly in basic or can't join up for some reason.
The crux of what he was saying was, and to paraphrase - 'Enjoy yourself like a young adult should and grin and bare the schoolwork as a sort of backup plan. Scale back the training a little til around 4 or 5 months before you apply, making sure that in the meantime you maintain what you already have. Then when you're sure that's what you want to do, start bashing the training.'
Is this sound reasoning? Sometimes, I miss out on work deadlines and get shit for it just to go out for sessions that I didn't want to do in the first place for a purpose that is of no use to me yet. As much as I dislike school, I need to make sure that I have something to fall back on.
Obviously I'm not going to stop training. And I'm never going to justify myself not training. But ultimately I just plan to scale back and maintain for a bit while I focus on having more of a life and dealing with school.
Does anybody see any flaws with this?