F-18 Flightline Homecoming Aboard MCAS Miramar
I talk a lot about the need for community in this wild life, but what does that mean?
Some find community through their units. Spouse and family events, your servicemember’s coworkers, those who also live this life alongside you can provide the greatest source of support.
Sometimes, community is found through coworkers, a hobby, your kids’ friends’ parents. We all need a break from living and breathing military life and exist outside of that space.
Some rely on a community established prior to entering military life, those who knew you before you knew how your life would change.
Community can be one person or 25 people. It can be a group of neighbors from a past duty station - maybe community is hard to come by in your current stop - or it can be a spouse you met through mutual friends.
If you’re introverted, large-group events can be hard, and that’s okay! Give yourself grace and trust what works best for you. Turn inward and uncover what fills your cup, then try your damndest to ignore others’ judgment.
Just do the best you can and take it one day at a time.