7 Truths After 42 Years of Living

Benjamin Sledge
6 min readJul 29, 2023
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In 1989, I was eight years old and played on a soccer team named “Stars & Stripes.” Cold War fever was still in full swing despite us not knowing the war was in its final years, hence my soccer team’s name. Back then, we were proud to buy American. If you yelled “Wolverines!” it was mutually understood the commies sucked. Hell… I rocked a flat-top because it was the quintessential American men’s hair fashion at the time.

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Benjamin Sledge

Multi-award winning author | Combat wounded veteran | Mental health specialist | Occasional geopolitical intel | Graphic designer | https://benjaminsledge.com