This blog post contains anonymous answers to a question sticker from my Instagram stories. If you aren’t already following my page, go follow along now!
Military life can push you to grow in so many ways.
Ways you needed, ways you didn’t want, and ways you never expected.
And how has military life pushed YOU to grow?
Read on for answers to this question from a wide range of military loved ones, from the newest girlfriend to the most seasoned spouse (in no particular order).
“It’s taught me to ask for help and accept it when offered.”
“It’s made me very independent in a foreign country.”
“Let it go and let God’s plans step in!”
“To rely on myself to heal, not others.”
“I’ve learned to step out of my introverted comfort zone to make meaningful connections.”
“Not worrying about saying no when I need to.”
“I’ve discovered that I actually CAN do certain things that I thought I couldn’t without help.”
”I’ve learned to love my own company and make peace with what I can’t control.”
”It’s given me life-long friends!”
“I’m more independent than I ever thought, despite being a ‘dependent’.”
“It’s pushed me to be more flexible and to cherish the small moments.”
“Military life has taught me that sometimes you can’t plan out your whole life.”
Reading these responses has reminded me of the good that can come from this lifestyle.
Of course, many of these growth experiences aren’t without pain, frustration, and heartache.
However, it’s encouraging to know that through the hard, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel.
We can still find ways that we’ve grown to become better, and discover things we’ve learned along the way.
If you want to add anything not already included on this list, feel free to reach out to me!
For other relatable words about military life, check out my poetry book, which talks about the good, bad, hard, and amazing parts of military life as a loved one. 🙂