There is so much more I want to know about you. Your adventures at sea, your dreams, why you like sailing so much, what books you read. We could also talk about mundane stuff, like how I suck as shooting targets and why you don’t like rice. A half hour between strangers with mutual interests. Too bad it happened towards the end of the two weeks.
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Being surrounded by people over a decade younger than me made me feel my age, despite my appearance. Having wonky knees didn’t help when physical activities require agile and swift movements. However, I did have a slight advantage in the experience department, giving me confidence to do what I was instructed to do. I still need to control my emotions better, though, especially when dealing with other officers – the much younger but higher ranking ones.