Maybe they were just trying to be kind. Or they were caught up in the thrill of victory. As the subsequent weeks have proved, it doesn’t matter.
Once I started acting like a Captain, I finally became part of the team. Sometimes all you can do is step into a role and be patient while it molds itself around you.
Adapting to circumstance is its own skill. As General Patton once told me, to be a good soldier, there is no such thing as “unfamiliar territory”. You either plan where you’re going or you make the terrain your own the second your boots touch the ground.
Patton, of course, had the luxury of marching into the future one day at a time, but he wasn’t wrong.
It’s tempting to want to live in the past. It’s familiar. It’s comfortable. But it’s where fossils come from.
My job is to make tomorrow’s world better. Always has been.
Once, long ago, I asked Bucky what purpose Captain America served outside of combat.
It was a foolish question.
There’ll always be something to fight for.
And I’ll awalys be a soldier.
Captain America: Man Out of Time #5
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