Let me set the scene. The military has gone and done it. They cut orders for your spouse and your family is going to move. To make matters worse, you LOVE your current duty station or are so over with the whole PCS process (which could be said for most of us!).
It’s never easy to move. It’s psychologically proven that moving is one of life’s most stressful occurrences, so that doesn’t help at all.
Despite all the headache, heartache and craziness, a PCS could also bring a welcome change or challenge to your family’s life.
It’s difficult to comprehend at the moment your spouse plops the paperwork on your lap. I can pretty much guess at that moment you were saying, “Not again!?” or “Dammit!” either out loud or in your head.
I was a hot mess when orders to Korea came down for my husband. Although, it was an unaccompanied tour, it still meant I would spend a year separated from him AND deal with a PCS afterward. Even with a year to “prepare,” I didn’t feel ready to say goodbye to everything and everyone I loved.
I’ve put together some of my favorite quotes from inspiring individuals that helped me get through PCSing and other quotes that I think would help you when you’re moving too.
Life Is an Adventure; Moving Is a Good Thing
“To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.” –Jerry Seinfeld
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” –Helen Keller
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” –Dr. Suess
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep you balance you must keep moving.”–Albert Einstein
Change Is Good
“It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.” –Bob Proctor
“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.” –Hazrat Inayat Khan
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” –C.S. Lewis
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” –Deepak Chopra
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” –Lao Tzu
What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” –Seth Godin
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” –Marilyn Monroe
“All our dreams can come true–if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney
We’re In This Together
“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.” –Robin Hobb
“Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.” –Mitch Albom
“We might not have it all together, but together we have it all.” –Unknown
Classic Quotes for Every PCS
“Home is where the heart is.” –Pliny the Elder
“What I love most about my home is who I share it with.” –Tad Carpenter
“Where we love is home–home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes