Deployment taught me a lot. I honestly thought it was something I would dread and never be able to do. So here is a few lessons that stick out for me: How to live in the moment. Time flies. How to love my husband and honor him. How to let go of the control I cling so tightly too for peace. How it's ok to ask for help. But most importantly, and hardest for me.... it's ok not to be strong all the time (or pretend you are 🙋🏻)
“You’re so strong. I could never do what you do.”
Every military spouse who has gone through a deployment/seperation has heard this phrase, I guarantee you. I know it’s meant pure and as a compliment. But we milspouses know it’s one of the hardest things to hear. Why? Because we know we’re not strong. We know we would never choose to have our spouse deployed if we had a choice in the matter. We know every day drags on in slow motion and every night alone in bed is lonely. (And when babies wake in the middle of the night- it's always your turn 😩) But when people tell us how strong we are, we just give yet another tight smile and keep our mouths shut.
The truth is you don’t have to be strong during a deployment. It’s okay to call your best friend angry about the military life or break down in tears when you see a couple holding hands. It's ok to not be ok, just don't dwell there....... 💚
These lessons have helped me to run a home and business. Truthfully, entrepreneurship always seems like it’s two inches away from utter failure. Its okay to admit that you’re really stressed out. It’s okay to cry when you lose a major business partner or screw up something really important. You don’t have to always be strong. You just have to keep learning and moving forward. 💚
So I'm gonna say it- deployment- I win. 😍
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