From what you’ve read on here, it may seem like I’m quite the trooper when it comes to the Air Force and leaving my husband and all that jazz. But while I have kept my fears at bay, when I begin thinking of all the things I’ll miss, I feel really sad.
So in true Liz fashion, let me tell what I’m giving up to pursue this new career, dream, and lifestyle.
Fall in San Antonio is not fall in Missouri. One of my favorite seasons is going to fly right past me in the blink of an eye, and when I come back to Missouri, it will be cold and icky. I leave the day after autumn begins. That really freakin’ sucks.
My dad’s birthday
This is going to be so tough, considering I may not even be able to call him. I will be in the thick of training when my dad hits another milestone, and I will be sad to miss celebrating that with him.
My best friend’s birthday
One of my oldest and dearest friend’s birthday is on the same day as my dad’s, so I’ll be missing out on her celebration too. No phone call or Facebook wishes. Sad sad times here.
Halloween is big for Mike. It’s his favorite holiday, and we have lots of nieces and nephews, so it’s always fun seeing them dressed up and cute. None of that for me this year.
One of my most FAVORITE holidays ever. Oh, the food. I’m pretty sure I’ll have graduated by then, but I don’t know that I’ll get to spend it with my family. It wouldn’t be the first I’ve missed, but it will still be upsetting. Plus, many of these holidays would have been “firsts” for Mike and me as a married couple. :(
Though this will be after Basic Training, I will most likely be in tech school, so I won’t be able to celebrate with my husband.
Also in February, if we’re able to be together for this, I’ll be very surprised. Hopefully, he can fly to wherever I am for a weekend, but the chances of that are slim.
I guess what upsets me most is that these are moments I try to NEVER miss. These are where the real memories are made! Still, I understand that I’m joining the Air Force and these sacrifices will have to be made consistently for however long I decide to stay in.
I want to be transparent and show that it’s not all rainbows over here. I’m scared, tired, and stressed. There’s so much to do before you make a life change like this and it can wear on you. I’m going to do my best to enjoy the last bit of time I have as a civilian.
Life is good, and those moments will be missed, but I am ready to make new memories with new opportunities.