"Life is too short....Fight
for what you believe"
Dustin Stevens, 15 January 2010
I tried to be what everyone else wanted me to be for so long that I gave up on any dreams that I may have had.
A conversation I had with a veteran last night got pretty heated on his end when I explained my situation. He told me that I would have to live with the fact that so many of my friends died for my freedom. My response was simply this. I quit because I don't believe this to be a just war. True, a lot of my friends have fought and died and for this I am hurt. But how many lives have I and organizations like Courage to Resist saved with our constant message to follow your heart, your conscience, and no one elses?
He had nothing more to say.
I don't have a lot of money, I don't even have a place to call my own right now. I have my faults, but I recognize them now and with help from those closest to me I will overcome the hardships laid before me. I do have many things money can never buy, great friends, and a strong heart and mind. In that aspect I feel like the richest man on the planet.
So I leave you with this. Have no fear of the military or our government. Fear what you may think of yourself ten years from now when you realize that you were a follower of lies, and not of your conscience.
My name is Dustin
Che Stevens, and I have made my choice, and for this I can look myself
in the mirror and say well done.