I can do it, I can do anything!
Friday, March 05, 2010
I can do it!
I can do anything!
As I’ve been reading The Spark, I have been feeling like I’ve been searching for my own personal mantra. It took me quite a while to realize that I already had one.
Being an Air Force wife has led to challenges. In the first 3 years of our marriage we only were together for 18 months. We have survived a 1 year separation while he was stationed in Korea. We have survived more 2-3 month schools in Mississippi than I can count. We have survived 6 months in Iraq. With each time apart I had to remember, he’ll be back soon, I can do it.
I have also found that I can endure. We were stationed in Hawaii for 4 years, and while that is a vacation to some, it is not my ideal home. I’m a Midwest gal. I love open spaces, few people and cool (or downright cold) weather. We lived in a tiny house, with too much furniture and had 2 children while we were there. I remember thinking, it’s not permanent, and I can do it until we move.
The most current test of my endurance is getting ready to move again; this time the Air Force is sending us to England for 4 years. The first big shock came when we were getting ready to put the house on the market. I got everything cleaned and ready, putting things away in boxes and getting a storage unit to store extra items because I have seen too many shows about house staging. Our realtor told us to get even more out of the house and make it even sparser! I had to remind myself, it’s only until we sell the house, and I can do it.
Now that the house is sold, we’re waiting to close and realizing that we’ll be living in TLF (temporary lodging facilities) for one month because we got lucky and sold our house quickly. This means all 4 of us living in one room with a screen that separates the bed from the living/dining/kitchen. It’s okay, it’s only for a month, and I can do it.
The stories we have heard from people that have moved to England are both exciting and terrifying. They rave about the wonderful places you’ll be able to visit, the tours you can take and the culture of it all. They rant about the housing. The appliances are smaller, the houses are smaller, and the roads are smaller. From the stories I hear, everything in England is half the size of its US counterpart. That’s okay, it’s only for 4 years, and I can do it.
As I was walking on the treadmill today I realized that I didn’t need to search for a personal mantra. When the program kicked the speed up to my fastest walking pace and then also increased the incline I muttered to myself, I can do it. Then it hit me.
I CAN DO IT!
I CAN DO ANYTHING!