Hey David Robert! it's quite cool to read you again. I did 'left off' where you were going to join the marines, and it's very cool to read where you've gotten yourself now. I got a couple of comments to share on how you may be seeing yourself and your choices, life situation in terms of 'you being slow' or whatever else. Nope, man, each one has a very 'unique' process in the sense that no one else is in your shoes, your same living conditions, life experience, process etc, so this is not about being fast or slow, it's about the ways you've decided to live your life and where you're at right now and the purpose you've given yourself to it, which sounds quite cool in terms of where you're at. In a nutshell, don't be hard on yourself!
I bet that you have gotten to see first hand a lot of things that surely have helped you 'mature' more and man, we all have, a lot of us were quite young when first getting here so, time has gone by but not in vain at all. I now see our process its ups and downs as roads we in a way had to walk to get to where we currently are and that's why it's rather cool to see your commitment to yourself and how you've also stopped desiring to 'save others' or 'change others' which I can relate to as well, and how you've then focus on yourself, your own personal life, stability and how it's become easier to share things, but yeah definitely best to share by being the living example rather than throwing 'alien' concepts at people without any proper context or background for them to grasp it, so I've learned quite a bit from 'wanting to change others', sometimes not the most 'sweet' way, lol, but that's also part of how I go realizing things in my life, and grateful for it.
So! I do have instagram, I don't use it that often though, but there's a bunch of people here that are quite active on it. I'm as 'marlenlife' I think.
I know how it goes with not having 'many places' to share about what you see/realize in process, but do consider you can still share, if you are not comfortable with using your 'own name' can use a pseudonym as well, point is sharing, and I bet you do have some interesting realizations from your professions there, they all sound like the kind of positions that make you 'face the tough things in life' so, I'm quite interested in reading more about your experience in it, so, if you have more to share, do so here.