We've been on this military journey for 4.5 years now, so I thought it was time for some good old-fashioned reflection. I feel like I've learned more in the last 4.5 years about myself than I did in the 20 before. It sounds like a stretch, but military life forces you to fine tune qualities you didn't know you possess and learn an inner strength you may not have thought possible.
1. I'm more social
I was a social kid in high school and college, but military life has taken that to a whole new level. I have the best friends both here in Virginia and spread throughout the world, and I seriously could not do this crazy life without them. Friends are your stronghold in this life.
2. I'm more of a sap
I'm sappier than a maple tree on a hot day. If I see a homecoming video or pictures of families being reunited after deployment, I melt into a puddle of butter. The USS Truman just returned home safely after an 8 month deployment, and seeing my friends reunited with their husbands brought me to tears!
3. I'm more independent
Miss Independent, party of me. I was fairly independent before, but that gets kicked up a notch when it's your job to run things by yourself while your husband is away. Military life will either bring out your independence or quickly help you gain it.
4. I'm more present
I feel like the unpredictable schedules and the long months apart help me be more present in the moment. I feel like I appreciate the little things more, and I'm thankful for that. Complacency is always a fear of mine, and I think military life has taught me to value each moment for the special, unique thing it is.
5. I've learned more weird words and acronyms than I can count
I don't think this last one really makes me a better person, but man it's the truth! Military lingo is like learning a new language. I'm only semi-fluent and will probably never be up to speed. I learn what a new word means and then hear five more I've never heard. It's a vicious cycle.