Lots of time these days to ponder about the past.

A 50 year increment…it really is no time at all.

The other day I was talking with some youths about just how fast 50 years will go, so live your life with positivity, and enjoy every minute I told them.

When I signed onto the dotted line for the military, it was only 30 years since the SAS was first formed during World War 2.

I was actually serving in 22 SAS when both the 40th and 50th anniversaries came about.

Just a couple of years ago it was the 80th anniversary…and in only 18 years time it will be the 100th anniversary.

Crazy increments of time, and gone in a flash overall…way too quickly. However, if you then begin to pour through individual operations or training exercises, or remember individuals…all of a sudden everything begins to slow up, like a slow burn.

Similar to the photos that I post from time to time of my travels after the military…Palestine, Afghanistan Iraq etc…I can recount every single day, and almost to the man…who was there and what happened.

As I get older, it’s great to do…it’s even better to share those memories with mates that were there, and see what we all remember…or perhaps not, ha ha.

When I was younger I was happy to think about the SAS anniversaries in 10 year increments. But I’m at the age now where I’m having to think myself lucky if I’m to see the next year’s one.

Aye, a fast life indeed…with a slow burn.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit www.bobshepherdauthor.com

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3 thoughts on “A FAST LIFE WITH A SLOW BURN”

  1. Bob,
    A slow burn, but it burnt so brightly. History had been written around you and the heroic deeds you and the Regiment have done, Your and the Regiment, were and are the pilgrims.

    Thank you.

  2. Very good stuff Bob and I can relate to what you write. Am 71 this year and often sit back and wonder where the years have gone. Have fond memories of Oman, HK and NI and often marvel at the photies I took up the Djebel and Maz. Incredible people and I met a couple of ‘turned Ado’ who impressed me greatly. Have met Tak and what a gentleman he is. Please keep them coming Bob.

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