A Note on Gratitude
It’s already December and I feel as if I’m constantly asking myself where the time has gone! It’s as if the year has just flown by, you guys! What happened to 2017?! Just a few months ago, I was wishing for time to fast forward. And now that we’re nearing the end of 2017, I can’t help but hold onto these last few days of the year.
It’s insane how fast time flies.
I've spent the past days gearing up for all that 2018 has in store. To start off, Vergs and I are welcoming the year with our Philippines wedding. A few days after, we’re heading back to Spain for some good ol’ quality time because #LDRlife needs to take a pause.
Oh, did I mention we’ve got an upcoming move in the works some time next year too? Hahaha! Most of the details about the big move are still under wraps for now. To be honest, even I'm not entirely sure of the final details.
Then again, that’s life as a military spouse, I guess. Things just… happen.
Growing up, I was told to make lemonade from life’s lemons. And I guess that’s one of the lessons I’ve tried to hold on to for as long as I can remember.
I’ll be honest. Life as a military spouse can be pretty darn frustrating sometimes. There are so many acronyms to remember, so many “surprises” that can make or break a holiday, and don’t even get me started on the constant worry about my husband’s life in service. I’m only human, after all. I’m allowed to worry every now and then without being judged for it.
Today, I started my morning asking myself about some of the things I was grateful for. It's a habit I'm training myself to do both at the start and end of the day. This morning, I realized one of the things I was thankful for was safety.
Too often, people forget to say ‘take care’ because odds are they're probably used to seeing their partner or loved ones often. Maybe after work or during the weekend... Maybe they're just a drive away.
Yet for people like me, who have their spouses off in ships or in other far flung countries due to a life in service, sometimes the words ‘take care’ mean so much more.
It may seem like such a small thing. But really, some of the best moments are when I get a call or a message from the husband. It’s my own little way of knowing he’s safe.
So I guess this is how I’ll end my first post for December: with a feeling of gratitude over how the people I know and love are safe. That they're okay regardless of the all the miles in between. That should be enough -- for now, anyway. ❤️