You know what they say about old soldiers, don't you? They still kick butt with the best of them. (laughs) –Whatever happened to just fading away? –Well, that's not an option at present.
I realize that I always defined myself in terms of what I wasn't. I wasn't a good soldier like my father. I wasn't the job. I wasn't a good prospect for marriage or kids. Always what I wasn't, never what I was. And when you do that, you miss the moments. And the moments are all we've got. When I thought I was going to die, even after everything that's happened, I realized I didn't want to let go. I was willing to do it all over again, and this time I could appreciate the moments. I can't go back, but I can appreciate what I have right now. And I can define myself by what I am instead of what I'm not. –And what are you? –Alive. Everything else is negotiable.
Have a seat, lend a hand, or get out of my way, but do not question me in my lab, doctor!