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What surprised me most about transition was the heart of the matter, the fact that so far, it’s nothing like what I thought (aside from the moment when I saw that job posting list and knew we were going to end up in Buffalo… that PCS list has given me a sixth sense about moves). So, my advice to you is this: your transition is your transition. Do not compare it to anyone else’s. Do not chastise yourself for what you think you should feel, or what you should be doing to get really settled in. It’s a foreign concept after this many moves and all we’ve internalized about life, death, and Murphy’s stupid law, but we have time. We have time to meet people, to paint the walls, to try out the restaurant down the street. If we don’t make it to the street festival this weekend, we haven’t missed our shot. We won’t be waiting for orders next summer, and the festival’s been running for over sixty years. I think we’re going to be okay.

This is your new life, and you have a say in how it begins. Your beginning doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s, and it will be far from perfect. Military life prepared us for that in spades. Wherever you are in your transition journey, know I’m rooting for you.

By this time next year, we’ll be able to look back and see how far we’ve come… (most of) the boxes will be gone, and there will be roots—tender though they may be.

All my best,

Emilie

Your transition is your transition. Do not compare it to anyone else’s. Do not chastise yourself for what you think you should feel, or what you should be doing to get really settled in. It’s a foreign concept after this many moves and all we’ve internalized about life, death, and Murphy’s stupid law, but we have time.

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