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I have to say, it’s weird to be home after a few months away. I told myself the last time I was here that I’d etch the sweet memory of my home between the crevices and wrinkles of my brain, so I’d never forget it. But on the day I returned I had to awkwardly ask my mother where I kept my own underwear. It’s a struggle.

 

Point is though, I’m back and I get to say something to all of you guys who hopefully have not forgotten me. Though I wouldn’t blame you if you did. 3 months is a long time. Enough time to forget where your underwear is and certainly enough time to forget that one dude on Deviantart, who was unimaginably charming and handsome. (hurhurhur.) But to those who happened to be wondering, I’m doing fine. In fact, I’m doing very well.

 

Life in the military gets familiar real quick. My daily routine is predetermined, so days are predictable, meaning they’re stress-free. I know that I will be getting up at 06:30am every morning. I know that lunch is at 12:30, dinner at 17:30, and I know when my daily 3 hours of guard duty will be scheduled a week ahead of time. In the military all of my choices have been made for me, and the only span of time when I can freely operate is from 18:00 to 20:30. Within those open 2 hours and 30 minutes, the ways in which I can spend my time are limited to the following. I can either watch TV, but oh wait, one of the senior soldiers is using it (hierarchy is a very deeply embedded concept here in the army). I could use the computer rooms but there are never any seats available. I could karaoke it up, but my vocal chords have the melodic grace of my large intestine after taco night. So all I’m really left with is counting the seconds go by, or drawing. Against all expectations, military life has actually been artistically productive. Who wudda thunk?

 

Though there have been some significant changes too. I’ve gone up a rank, and now have junior soldiers below me. One of them is interested in art, so I’ve taken him under my wing and we draw together. Basically, I have a drawing buddy and it’s awesome. 

 

One of the many things that have been frustrating me about life in the outside world are the innumerable temptations. After my quiet, almost zen-like existence in uniform, the distractions of the outside world are harder to ignore, and it’s nearly impossible to be productive. Every moment I happen to be doing nothing, I am filled with an almost unbearable urge to either pick up my phone, or turn on the computer. In the military doing nothing and losing yourself in thought was the norm. Here, I am enslaved to anything shiny and distracting, and it’s fun, only for a while. To break it down better, here’s a simple comparison. Here at home, while I take a shit, I look at pictures of kittens on the internet to distract me from the odor assaulting my nostrils. In the military I put every bit of focus and energy into the act of taking a shit, and I can feel the shit pass through my system, peek out of my asshole, take a deep breath and divebomb into the toilet below it. I think there’s a useful message in there about focus and art, but you’re going to have to dig deep to find it.

 

How have you guys been?

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SimbasGuard Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
Welcome back.
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MartinZombie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
you know you sounds like a philosopher writing like this...but i'm glad with military service you've become more matured. You know, actually just a month ago i visited south korea and i planned to visit military area service too but my dad declined it because our trip to south korea was limited and he said i can go there at next time. How's your days now bro? Feel good? Don't push yourself too hard

Also for my days now i'm in dangerous state for artist...now i'm really addicted to online game calle mobile legends and i can't stop to play it, any tips ot stop this dangerousvideo game addiction? :(
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Darianblood Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017
Welcome back and congrats on the promotion! Welcome back to the world of social media addiction...it must be quite a shock to realise what a bunch of drone we all are :)

I've been doing gangbusters, writing two new comics on here (hope you check em out!) and looking forward to christmas.  Just been passed as fit for my work medical (a cinch after losing 12 stone since 2015) and everything is looking rosy for now.
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SheRadioactive Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Welcome back buddy! Hope you enjoy your small little vacay :3
I think its super cool cough and beyong adorable XD cough that you got promoted, and have got a fellow artist to draw with!
Any idea how long you are allowed to be home?

A bit happened on my own end while you were gone, I spent a month in a mental health ward. And your experience in the military is pretty similar when it comes to all the pre determined routines and coming back home differences XD
I am slowly improving my mental health, I actually got a job, and strangely it helps ^^ , funnily enough its a Tokyo sushi store, but all the other workers are korean XD
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nerdynordy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Student Filmographer
Awesome to see your back, even if it's for a while. I'm glad you're still doing some art even while in the military. I hope the best for you and all you're doing :)
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waaa hey nerdyyy

I hope you're doing well too. Thanks again for always leaving super kind comments for everything i do
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nerdynordy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Student Filmographer
Hey!!

I am. Just got done with school for the semester so I'm doing well, thanks for asking :)

And of course. I'm glad to see you back and hope the rest of training goes well for you.
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GraceBej Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Student General Artist
I'm happy you're dong well! I know nothing about military life so I'm very glad to hear that you still have time to draw and found an art buddy!
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww thank you so much! i hope you're doing well too :)
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Student Writer
I haven't forgotten you. Are you still interested in Ascension?
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey man! And yes I am! I've been writing and planning it in the military too and I can't wait to start it up again
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Student Writer
I can't wait until then :)
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heromomo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
I'm glad you found an art buddy during your time away.
Hug 3# Hug hug Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy) [V1] 
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks heroooo. It's so greatt
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heromomo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017
No problem Tommy, I'm glad you're back!!!Jake crying plz 
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StrayQrow Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Doing so-so today, But I'm glad You've found someone else to draw with :)
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah totally. I'm glad too.

Awww man, well I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow :)
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StrayQrow Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks - i’ll Do my best :) Stay gold owl!
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IceIsland Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017   Digital Artist
Heyy, glad to hear you're doing well! this is probably the first time I ever saw a positive view of military and it's an interesting one. All of it.  I like the privation from distractions you described, sounds perfect. xD
I hope you can enjoy your break(survive the temptations hehe) and know we're surely hoping to see more of your art ^^
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much man! I'll be back soon.. somedayyy
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LeoDragonsWorks Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy to hear you and listen that the military life is going well for your attitude and artistical skill (and shit taking staff XD)

Also happy to hear you have a draw buddy, I start drawing with a friend of mine and I think this is very usefull to learn and improve for both of you!

So don't surrender with the shiny and corrupting stuff of the external world, we will wait for your return ;)
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahah thanks so much. I will definitely do my best... They're all so shiny thoooo!! 
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LeoDragonsWorks Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome ^^ wish you good luck for the future!
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Qube-Core Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome back and home!
Good to see you are fine :D
Enjoy your break! :)
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww thank you so much! I appreciate it :)
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tubi4 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heeeyyyy
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tubi4 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
Heeeeyyyyeeeee :D
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arrog Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
Sounds more like basic training than regular military service.  I remember one patrol on submarines in the North Atlantic I taught myself how to play one song on the Irish Folk Harp.  Amazing what you can do when freed from distractions.  Glad you are taking advantage.
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finished basic training a few months back. Koreans just stick their privates to a pretty rigid schedule. The lack of distractions is incredible though. It's almost meditative.
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arrog Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
Wise to look on the bright side like that.  When life gives you lemons... etc. :-)
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TheOutcastOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Student Filmographer
aaa Tomm I've missed you and your art so much ;;A;; 
I'm glad to hear you're doing well though! :'>
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww thank you so so much Tam. I missed you too. I hope you're doing well? How has life been?
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TheOutcastOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Student Filmographer
Yeah i'm doing just fine! Recently finished my first year of college and got some really kick-ass marks so i'm super happy with that! :'>
I've just kind of been lazing around since then. Enjoying sleep, haha
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waaa so proud of you Tam!!!! You deserve to laze around after getting those super high marks. Keep it upppp :)
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TheOutcastOfTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Student Filmographer
Thanks Tom :'> 
I hope you enjoy your time off <3
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TSofian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
I recall when I got back from my initial training I was absolutely prey to any advertisement or commercial, especially food ones! If I saw an ad on TV for a fast food place I was immediately hungry! It took months to rebuild my resistance to such things.  

Welcome home and enjoy your break!
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha I totally see what you mean. I managed to lose a good amount of weight during my service, but anytime I come out, I gain it all back. haha

Thank you so much I appreciate it :)
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Bloody-crackerjack Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
>w< I missed you though!
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waaa I missed you too!
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Bloody-crackerjack Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
*hugs* 030
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PokemonTrainerNaira Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I miss your gorgeous art! Of course we haven't forget you!

Having an organized routine is nice to be less stressed, but with your "taking a shit" analogy I can certainly see the hm... well... shitty things inherent to it (althought it may be good for focusing artistically, hahaha). Stay strong, you're doing awesome! It's good, however, that you're drawing a lot, and that you found a drawing buddy to keep you company while so ^w^

I wonder if you're not allowed to read or navigate the internet while being there. Although you might not have your mobile phone with you, maybe? That would be hard... How do you get in touch with you family and girlfriend?
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TheObliviousOwl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you so so much! Ah there are phone booths and a computer room. it's hard to use the computer room though because the lines are usually really long. I contact my parents by calling them and my girlfriend whenever I can get hold of a computer haha
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oshRED Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
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