My Dinner Party
Guest #1: My son Joseph
Why: He is the whole reason I ever picked up a controller to begin with. He started out playing Halo when it first came out and that's what he wanted to do for his special time together with mom. We eventually made it through the Halo series (except Halo 5) all on legendary before he suffered from extreme depression and passed away at age 15. He was my best friend. We watched the Walking Dead together, gamed and were roller coaster fanatics together. I miss our light saber battles and nerf gun wars, 3 story laser tag competitions and paint ball battles. He was a one of a kind. There would definitely be Nirvana in the background at my dinner party since we listened to it a lot together.
Guest #2: Victor Wooten
Why: As a bass guitarist, this guy is my idol. I put my bass down when I lost my son and haven't played it since. I've had 2 request to play again and I think I'm about ready. Victor is a fantastic motivator. I saw him once at a bar jam and he is so humble and easy to talk to. You would never know he won 5 Grammys. I would love the chance to get to know him better just as a person.
Guest #3: My Meditation Coach (his name shall remain anonymous).
Why: This guy has helped me through some seriously tough, tough times. He has worked coinciding with my PTSD therapy whether it was out patient or in patient and is , let's just say, mind blowing. We live 1800 miles apart and have never met but this dinner party would be a great chance to. I have been in therapy with the VA for 5 years and I have made huge progress since he was added a year and a half ago. We have become very close friends and he is definitely welcome at my dinner table.
Guest #4: Corrie ten Boom
Why: A woman of unbelievable strength. I have often looked to her life experiences and struggles of being held in a nazi concentration camp as a "political " for hiding Jewish friends from the Gestapo and the courage she learned, to inspire me to not give up in life. Life sucks, and sometimes it sucks the big one. I believe that we can draw strength from learning about others that have it worse then us and the courage that they display to keep going against all odds. I have often drawn strength from her life story while going through all the crap I go through in life.
Guest #5: Tupac Shakur
Why: Because its 2Pac. Would love to meet him.
Guest #6: The fellow Marine that was a one night stand. (Not what you think)
Why: As I was being medivacked back to the states after my trauma, this guy stayed by my side for 16 hours. I was extremely scared and did not trust anyone and this guy was so good at calming me down. There is no way I can describe how awful and messed up everything was but he took care of me the whole flight. When we landed in the states and they where taking me off the medivac he put his Marine Corp ring in my hand and promised me it would get better and I would be ok. Everytime I look at that ring I think about how it has gotten better and even though its been a long long road he was right. He is a true hero to me and I have no clue who he is. I would love to have him at my dinner party so that he could see just how right he was and how great a person he really is.
Guest #7: Finally "Lucy", not the comedian but the character of the 2014 movie.
Why: I was asked to watch this movie as part of my therapy and it has stayed in my brain every since. Short story, my trauma, I was taken in a foreign country while serving in the military and held captive for 2 weeks. Now, of course, going back and destroying the d*ckw*ds that did what they did to me is not an option but I would love to speak to the character "Lucy" because she did get to do that exact thing. Good therapy lol.