It’s been a busy couple of months trying to get situated back in my home state, for my husband and myself. You know everyone says that it’s different transitioning into the civilian life after being around the military community… I always thought, well I haven’t been around it that long… 2 years is nothing in comparison to some families you know? It is different though. I find myself longing for the friends we made, not so much the state or the climate (weather or otherwise) but the camaraderie which is something that can only belong in a community of people who have that commonality between them. I was never even truly integrated into what being a military dependent means, I was in this sort of limbo between deployments and living off post, so you can only imagine how those people who are in the thick of it every day for YEARS really feel once they decide (or the US military decides) that the civilian world is better suited for them.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the freedom we have, being untied to anything. I’m loving that we’re home with my family, but I miss some things about military life that can’t be replaced, (nor should they be…) A lot of our good friends deployed this week, which is something my husband in particular is having a hard time with. We are both sad, and worried, and are proud of them at the same time, but Jay… He has this desire to be by their side, to want to protect his friends, and who can blame him? They train, and train, and train for deployments, and then those who get left behind regardless of the situation I’m sure feel a loss that many of us civilians can’t possibly try to understand.
Back to positives though, because while we miss our old life and the people who left such an impression on it, we must move forward. We’re still looking to find our niche’ in the private sector world, as well as other areas, and we’ve been for better or worse, couch hopping until we can figure it all out. Transitions are a tough time, but you would think at least I’d be a pro at it these days, seeing as I’ve spent most of my adult life transitioning to one place and the next in short amounts of time. I will say, when you have more than one person, it’s much more difficult in that area, but pays of in the end.
So for all of my readers out there in the big blue world, moving on and transitioning is tough but I’m hoping that your lives are going well. If not? Don’t you worry…there’s always tomorrow!