I have to start off by saying that military life can bring so much positivity in our lives. Despite all the blah (i.e. deployments, goodbyes to friends, separation), there are more awesome moments like homecomings, adventures, friendships that are forged because of our circumstances.
Ask me 10 years ago if I would have been living in the D.C. area married to a soldier and I would have laughed!
I had no intention of leaving my city and my life for a dude, let alone a soldier! Alas, I fell in love and it quickly became evident that I had to be a part of his life to make mine complete…moving to unfamiliar places and all.
After getting over the “whoa” of being entered into DEERS and moving away from my home to a brand-new area, I’m excited to admit that I am very happy.
Things are awesome and I have military life to thank.
There are so many things that I absolutely love about military life. I started listing everything for you and had to ask some of my near and dear military spouse friends the same question too.
What do you love about military life?
Hearing their responses was heartwarming and reminds me how awesome the military spouse community is!
And that brings me to my first point…
The incredible friends you meet along the way!
No matter where you go, there is a support system there and ready for you. Also, those that you’ve met along the way are valuable. I wouldn’t be in the position I am today, if it weren’t for my fellow military spouses. I love them all!
We have an amazing family.
The installations that I’ve been a part of, even dating back to my military kiddo years, have had a strong sense of community. We are all in this together!
The opportunity for travel.
I love to travel. Living the military life has made me consider new places for travel and sightseeing. Example? My cross-country PCS road trip. I don’t know when I would have ever had the chance for that.
The opportunity to live where you travel.
I have yet to move overseas (OCONUS) as a spouse, but I lived in a number of Pacific countries as a military kid! Also, I was pretty excited to get the chance to live in the D.C. area. Even the not-so-great areas we get stationed at have a little piece of our hearts (cough, cough, Fort Drum…).
The dress uniform.
Umm, need I say more?
Homecomings are da bomb diggity.
Goodbyes suck, but the welcome-backs are a thrill. The hellos after all the time apart make you appreciate the little moments and love your spouse a little more each time. Be thankful for them always.
Knowing heroes by name.
It’s an honor to be able to interact with so many men and women in uniform and their families. There is a huge sense of pride that I feel to be a part of it. Hooah (for all the Army families out there)!
The experiences under your belt.
Because of the traveling and meeting people of all backgrounds, we learn from them. It’s eye-opening to be able to have a chance to gain knowledge from others and the things around you. The military community is also so nurturing, even if you don’t feel like you’re learning – you are.
Growing into stronger individuals.
That was a common thread of what my friends were saying about military life. The challenges encourage the best in us and we feel fulfillment when we overcome them.
It’s a bittersweet love, but any growth in my life is welcome to me.
Lastly, being able to share our lives with the ones we love!
We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our service member spouse. My life would be a little emptier without my husband and he really is the person I have to thank for bringing me into this crazy wonderful military life.