Hubby & I were already starting to re-evaluate Life-As-We-Know-It as we approach our military retirement, and then a whole new level of crazy occurred with Covid-19. Now not just us, but everyone is forced to pause this crazy, busy life and re-evaluate. Be still and breathe. Try not to panic. Of course, it is easy to work myself into a tizzy while watching the economy tank. Easy to panic when separated by thousands of miles from our parents who are Covid’s prime targets. Easy to dive under the bed covers to not face the growing, insurmountable uncertainty that is now everyone’s daily reality.
As a military family, we have already lived a life of uncertainty, with plans changing abruptly and dealing with the Heavy Hand of Government in our daily lives. So in some ways, we are already prepared to accept the rapidly-changing new reality and are readily implementing the life-altering precautions. We understand it’s a personal responsibility and a personal sacrifice for the greater good. (It’s also a military order, so there’s that, too.)
Already, our corner of the world is opening back up — with open arms to the tourists. But will this corner of the world open their arms to us? His military retirement has been pushed back. We transition to our new life maybe in July. We are not true retirees but moving on to 2nd careers. One of us will need a job. Will there be jobs to be had in our corner of the world? Unknown. *stress*
As a resilient military spouse, I am trained to always find the silver lining in any situation. There is always a silver lining (no matter how much I complain otherwise). Our silver lining is that we are only moving across town and not cross-country. We are not starting completely anew in an unknown city. Navigating through the unknown is incredibly draining, and I recognized earlier this year, pre-Covid, that I was completely depleted. I could not muster an ounce of enthusiasm or energy to do one last major upheaval. I could not play the family cheerleader. My Plan A was that we stay here in South Dakota and figure it out.
Covid-19 is moving us along to Plan B. Our timelines are changing. Our job prospects are perhaps not as strong. But we are riding out this pandemic in South Dakota, and it is a relief to be “home.” We are staying at home as much as possible, now and in the foreseeable future. But maybe, just maybe, we will be ready to venture out into our adopted hometown, with plenty of hand sanitizer, when we are “Retirees.”
Path of Least Resistance is my current mantra.
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