It has been a long time since I have participated in Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung, but I don’t know this week seemed like a good time to start. I’m trying to get back into writing more and sharing my story. So when I searched to see what the word was and saw it was connect I knew I needed to share.
Connect with friends
When you in the military or a military family you are always making connections. Each time you move you have to find new friends, new neighbors, new streets, new house, new everything. And some of the new stuff is good and easier to adjust to, but finding new friends and making good connections can sometimes take a few months and other times they don’t happen.
I have learned from being a military family that it is a lot harder on the families than the members. When military members move to a new assignment they are given instant friends as in co-workers who at least have the same career type and likely the same job. They have instant connections, but military families don’t often find the same connections.
Here in LA it was my first time being a spouse and not a member. So I got to see the difference first hand and it was a lot harder than I expected. How do you make friends in a town where you don’t know anyone?
I was focused on making friends and not being alone. So I dived into a gym membership at the Y and a Bible study once it opened up. I stumbled along the way to find my tribe. And I am grateful for all the people I met along the way. I have gotten to connect with friends. LA was a different story than I expected and I guess it was even better than I ever thought it could be.