Hubby was notified last week of his next assignment–Hello Hawaii! (Is this for real?! I’m still in disbelief.)
I wish I was more excited about the upcoming move. We are going to Paradise, after all.
Yes, that’s right—Hawaii!
The military never fails to surprise us – even for this well-seasoned-but-getting-near-the-end military spouse. The assignment notification came last week–a complete and utterly incomprehensible-for-about-2-days surprise. Not once on our military journey together have the hubby and I dreamed about Hawaii. Based on his career progression, it never seemed like a realistic possibility. For goodness’ sakes, we were in the heart of Texas for 8 long years and we sure did a lot of dreaming…. about leaving! (Just kidding. We enjoyed our time there, but it’s not our first choice for our next assignment or our post-military/2nd career relocation when that time comes.)
Anyway, I digress. Hawaii. I mean, HAWAII! Really.
You’d think I’d be ecstatic. Jumping for joy. Delighted. Giggly even.
I will be, once I get there, with my feet in the sand, soaking in Paradise.
I know my lack of enthusiasm won’t elicit much sympathy because “Hello? It’s Hawaii.” Literally every friend I have shared the news has enough enthusiasm for the both of us. S/he doesn’t have to do the work of moving. To me, an OCONUS move seems like a complicated mess right now. I know, I know – I just have to take it one day at a time.
But dang, can’t I vent even a little?
My lack of enthusiasm stems from:
- I’m feeling anxious about an OCONUS move and its extra layers of bureaucracy, clearances, planning & organizing.
- I can’t do a post-move purge like I usually do as I unpack; and I don’t feel like I have much time to do the pre-move purge with my current commitment load.
- I have to give up my dream of DC/Northern Virginia.
- I am a planner and have been planning a glorious return to DC/Northern Virginia for months now. Yes, I entirely jumped the gun, but in my defense, all indications pointed to DC, as in this was the only location discussed with the Hubby and the Powers-that-be-aka-Assignment-gods.
- I know next to nothing about Hawaii. I have to immerse myself into researching housing and schools.
- We are trying to coordinate all of this while Hubby and I are geographically separated.
- I am concerned about travel and my aging parents. https://perpetualnewcomer.com/2015/10/27/the-downside-of-military-life-dealing-with-aging-parents-and-travel-limitations-for-the-holidays/
- I think I am mad and anxious about truly starting over in a new location. New places & faces. Friend dating again. I am a social person and usually enjoy meeting people and exploring, but my energy level doesn’t keep up as much these days. I really just wanted to return to my comfort zone in Virginia, where I could be myself and be accepted and reunite with old friends. Let’s face it – moving requires the positive attitude, the smile, and the nice persona for the chance encounter of making fast friendships. It’s about putting yourself out there, preferably a good version of yourself, to make those little connections that might lead to a friendship. Now I consider myself a kind, approachable person, and I have made good friends at each duty station (7 states and counting), but I haven’t always been able to be completely myself or to deeply bond either. Those type of friendships usually take time to develop. I think what’s wearing on me is the potential for the “lonely feeling” that comes with a move. Yes, I have the Hubby, but our need for socializing and how we handle moving are completely different.
- What are we going to do with our beloved geriatric dog?!
But are you thinking “It’s Hawaii! People pay good money for a week in Paradise. You get to live it for 2 whole years!”
Yes, I am so excited! (Once I get there.) Yes, I can hardly believe it. (I’ll believe it when I get there. Notice a theme?) In the meantime, I’m putting my head down, getting done what needs to get done, and taking it one day at a time. Breathe. I do not dare tempt Murphy’s Law (and we’ve already had one stress-maximizing, cash-hemorrhaging fiasco with our car last week just as all of this was going down.)
Here’s to perpetual flip flops, pedicures & casual wear. Start making your travel plans to mi casa. Aloha!
Update: As I looked at photos, I can feel resurfacing some of that boundless enthusiasm I usually have about moving, adventures, letting go and starting anew. I mean, it IS Hawaii, people! [Insert giggles of delight.] Having a small vent, acknowledging what’s bugging me and then moving on has been therapeutic.
We would LOVE to visit you! I can imagine your misgivings about yet another big move. No judgement here. It can make one dizzy when they are thrown from one path to another. Grace on all the detail-attending!
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