The Thousand Yard Stare


I can stare a thousand yards and never see a thing


I can share a thousand thoughts and never even sing


I can live a thousand lives and take them all in vain


I can shed a thousand tears and never make a stain


I can walk a thousand steps and never reach an end


I can run a thousand paths and never find a bend


I can sleep a thousand years and still awake so weary


I can wait a thousand lifetimes and still you won't step near me


I can fight a thousand battles and realize, with no sting


That I can stare a thousand yards and never see a thing

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Ever since I can remember, I have been opposed to the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan, but have always kept in mind the soliders who come back haunted by the horrors they had to face. I came across the term "The Thousand Yard Stare" after watching a documentary about the mental health members of the armed forces experience upon their return home. As someone who suffers from bipolar disorder, I realized how truly traumatic life experiences can be, but can't even imagine how mentally scarring battle and war can be. While I will never agree with war, my support will always be with the troops and how they sacrifice not only their physical well-being, but their mental well-being in the process. This is something I am very passionate about.

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