When you are called up to go on a tornado relief operation with Team Rubicon, there are a few things you can expect:
- You’re likely going to be knee-deep in debris.
- At the end of the day, some muscles you forgot existed are going to hurt.
- Sunscreen and water will become your best friends.
What you may not expect is that while you are sifting through broken boards and insulation, you’re taking a huge load off the shoulders of someone who’s had their entire life thrown around. By simply offering a slice of pizza and a bottle of water to the electrical workers, we’re forging a positive reflection of this team. Offering a hug to a homeowner who is in shock and disbelief may be the exact thing they need at the moment. The simple things we take part in are usually a big deal and may have reminded someone there is still plenty of good in the world.
Team Rubicon is the comradery and family I’ve missed since I got out of the Army. I can be myself here and know I am cared about and looked after. I know someone will always have my six. I want to be that positive role model for my son and other children and show the future generations that to make the world a better place, you need to be that change. A little sweat and hard work is as good for the body as it is for the soul, and empathy and caring for other people is not a weakness. Team Rubicon is allowing me to make a difference in people’s lives.
By helping others heal, I myself am healing, one storm at a time.
During Operation: Roughneck, we also reflected on the anniversary of losing Clay Hunt. I think he was smiling down on us and reminding us to “embrace the suck.”