This past weekend marked two years since Justin graduated from basic military training and officially became a US Airman (I mean I guess he officially became an Airman when he left for BMT but I feel like graduation made it officially official!)
These past two years have been so busy. I feel like so much has happened in such a short period of time. We moved across the county, there was an almost deployment, we had a baby and Justin flourished in his career. He is very close to completing this college degree and is preparing for his next big step on his Air Force journey (more to come in the next few months on this!) There are so many things happening and I see some exciting adventures for our family in the near future!
When this whole journey began, I jumped into military lifestyle with both feet. I absorbed everything I could from everyone around me and tried my best to embrace all the craziness that comes along with this life.
There are two major takeaways from these past two years that I would not only like to share with fellow milso newbies but as a reminder to myself for the years to come:
- Things will always be last minute. Things change almost hourly when it comes to the military. You have to learn to take every “hey I’m leaving on this day…” or “We might move here,” with a grain of salt. Never get your heart set on anything until you have those official orders (and even then things have been known to change.) Also just a friendly tip, don’t buy a plane ticket home for 3 weeks because your husband “might” be out of the country, he may not end up going anywhere (true story.)
- Embrace everything as an opportunity. Whether it’s a move, a promotion, a TDY, training, or a deployment. Do your best to embrace it as an opportunity to learn, grow or experience something new. I’m not saying you’re not allowed to have a pity party, because frankly some things just suck and tears are necessary. But find a way to come out on the other side with a new outlook on the situation. There will always be something to learn in every situation- don’t let it go by without looking for it.
These past two years have been crazy and wonderful. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next two years!
What advice would you give to a fellow military spouse?