It’s not fair; I really love this house! This may seem shallow in comparison to the other issues, but after living in 18 houses over the past 27 years, I completely empathize. (And it also explains why I can’t ever remember my address! Or why I don’t bother washing my curtains unless we’re about to move.) The flip side of that is that I’ve gotten to try out lots of house styles from modern to ranch to historic to tiny apartments and I’m pretty certain I’ve figured out what is essential for our “forever home.”
Can I also mention a couple of perks of moving a lot?
You’ll cover a lot of ground! Aside from cool travel and seeing parts of the country and world you’d only read about, you can begin scoping out great retirement locations and future vacation spots. And if you absolutely hate your current duty station, hang on because it’s about to change.
Difficult people in your life will be short-lived. I’m going to have to learn how to deal with people long term at some point, but today is not that day. Whenever I’m going through a tough spell with a difficult person, I tell myself to hang on because one of us will likely be moving on soon and I can wait them out.
While the goodbyes and the leaving don’t necessarily get easier the more you do it, your coping skills and strength will only grow. And I daresay that when we finally make the transition into retirement and civilian life, we might just miss the excitement and even stress of moving just a teensy bit.
You’ve got this!
You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.
You help me,
and I’ll help you
we will see it through.
Across the land
Across the sea
We will always be.
Lyrics from “Make New Friends” Song from the Girl Scouts of America.
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