It wore you out. It aged you. It made you witness a lifetime of human events within a short period of time.
How do you go home and explain that experience to the unknowing? You can’t. Words can’t describe all those highs and lows that you experienced during that period.
It wasn’t a self-gratifying European backpacking trip. You weren’t some idol suburbanite trying to find himself on a road trip. Your trip overseas was business–rough, violent, and dangerous business.
You don’t owe an explanation to anyone. The only people you have to answer to are the people you shared that time with and yourself. Your time is done.
Deployment… You’ve been there, you’ve done that.