Last post was all about the stereotypes that we hear about military wives. The negative stereotypes.
And because this year I've decided my main goal is to make negatives into positives I'm making the looking at the stereotypes a different way.
#1 It takes a strong woman to pick up her life from her friends, family and career to move to the other side of the country to be with the man she loves. We choose this life because we fell in love with a man that happens to be a soldier.
#2 Military spouses are resilient. We have to be! In a split second you can get posted to another location. We learn to take any obstacle or hardship, roll with the punches and bounce back better than before. Nothing is written down in pen, anything can change at drop of a hat. We learn to have a plan B, C and D.
#3 Military spouses are the most educated bunch of women I have ever met. And they are the most undervalued group. With constant moves throughout their soldier's career, military spouses' careers are put in the back burner. Employers hear "military spouse" and the chance of getting a job is gone in a snap because who wants to train some for them to leave a couple of years later.
Some military spouses now run their own businesses that they can take from posting to posting. And I don't just mean your typical Avon and Tupperware parties. Some military spouses have become photographers, bakers, making gift baskets, consultants, freelance writers, hair dressers, and aestheticians. We have learned to take lemons and we make lemonade.
#4 Military spouses are mature. You have to grow up a lot more in this lifestyle. You learn to make big decisions like having to make a will, setting up emergency contact numbers and preparing for the worst. You learn to fix things on your own because something will break down when your soldier is gone. You need to rely on yourself to get through any sort of crisis.
#5 Military spouses are firmly rooted in reality. We are thrown into this fishbowl life. And in our reality we have the understanding that our soldiers jobs puts them in life or death situations. So we enjoy every minute they are home and capture every important event so they don't miss a thing while he is gone. Homecomings are better than holidays.
There you have it! Some of the great things about military spouses. Did I miss anything? Tell me what I forgot.
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