I had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with him on my recent journey there. He works as an advisor to DynCorp International, the Washington-based defense contractor who's training Afghan national police, de-mining the country and helping to eradicate the poppy crop on behalf of the U.S. State Dept. As we chatted, I couldn't help think about what my world was like when I was 25. The visit with Mahboob left me with a profound sense of respect for him and his countrymen. It also left me feeling very sad and wondering whether I truly appreciate where I live, what I do and what I have.