“Seriously, I am so tired of ‘mandatory fun’ – what’s fun about it?”
“I can’t wait for us to get out of the military! If I have to deal with one more holiday alone…”
Do you know a fellow military spouse who’s a constant flow of negativity—always complaining about military life and everything that goes with it? From their spouse’s duty weekend to the terrible selection of ketchup at the Commissary – nothing is off limits. And it all gets aired on social media.
I just don’t get it.
Military life isn’t always sunshine and unicorns (can it be, please?), but it is something special. We have a secret weapon most civilian spouses don’t: a built-in community of support…each other.
No matter where you PCS, there’s a neighbor in base housing who understands the frustration of raising toddlers, a FRG leader who knows the perfect dentist out in town, or a spouse in your command who loves wine as much as you do.
So why is nothing ever good enough for that ever-complaining milspouse?
What I love so much about this military community is the camaraderie and pride we all seem to share. Maybe the ever-complaining milspouse hasn’t had a chance to see how supportive we can be. I have to think that if they did, they’d see how important it is to be that pillar of strength for someone else. It’s our duty as military spouses to pay it forward. Be supportive. Share resources. Do for others.
That’s the only way we can ensure the complainers become extinct – by doing our part to make the camaraderie live on.
Maybe then, there might not be as much to complain about.