I’m starting to get the itch to move. It’s like an antsy-restless feeling that tells me it’s time for new horizons. I just feel it in my bones.
We’ve spent the last 5 years in Florida <cue the “you’re-so-luckies”>. Don’t go getting up in arms…we’ve actually PCSed within Florida from the Panhandle to our current location in Tampa…which was a total last minute PCS and definitely not on our “list” of places we’d wanted to go. I’ve reached my limits on the Groundhog’s Day-esque heat, humidity (read: enemy of my curly mop), and Christmases in shorts and flip flops.
As much as Florida isn’t my favorite place, I have to say, I’ve found myself falling in love with the water, palm trees, and emerald beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. It really is a paradise. And I love it a lot more than I thought I would. But as with all things in our military lives, everything is temporary and it’s time to prepare for the next adventure.
The time has come. The time to start the purging, inventorying, and determining which pieces of furniture have outlasted their PCS-worthiness. It’s time to make the last hurrah list of places to visit, restaurants to try, and find that perfect knick-knack that sums up three years of life well-lived.
Moving can be an extremely cathartic experience. As military spouses we are forced to do a self-inventory every few years. We have to evaluate not only our household goods, but our personal and professional goals and progress as well. As we pour over our worldly possessions and trim down the excess stuff that doesn’t fit in our lives anymore, we have to do the same for ourselves.
A PCS is a like a mirror. It forces you to take a hard look at your life and really see your own journey. Are you where you want to be?
When orders come do you find yourself setting goals for the next 2 or 3 years? Perhaps you want to…
- jump-start healthy living?
- go back to work or school?
- learn or perfect a hobby?
- unleash your inner home decorator and explore new ways to make your house a home?
- homeschool your child(ren)?
- force yourself outside of your comfort zone and join a club?
One of the things I love the most about a PCS is that it can push you out of a rut. You see the same people every day. Your routine is more predictable than old faithful. And then, BOOM! PCS orders drop and your life is automatically energized!
Where will you live? Where will you work? Shop? Eat? Travel?
It’s instant adrenaline…and let’s face it, whether we want to be or not, military spouses are some of the biggest adrenaline junkies I know! We thrive under pressure.
Whether you’re facing your first move or your fifth move, I challenge you to explore the possibilities, even if you’re facing a less than ideal assignment. Every place you move offers you something new. Something different. And often, we don’t realize the beauty of a beastly assignment until it’s in our rear-view mirror.