The short story “On the Rainy River” is an intriguing tale told through the eyes of Tim O’Brien, from when he was a young man during the war. It takes a lot of courage to write something so personal and share your truth with the world. This short story portrays O’Brien’s experiences and life changing decisions. Taking a leap of faith takes courage, mental strength, and hero to catch you when you fall. O’Brien tells his story in first person, forty-one year old man recounting his adventure, experiences, and decisions, when he was just twenty one years old. He waited twenty years to tell his tale which gives his life meaning and appreciation.