I have said so many times in the last few months, "I hate waiting for the Air Force to make up their mind" or "The hardest thing about this whole Air Force process is the waiting". However, I realized that me being negative about this aspect isn't changing anything. I realized that there are actually a lot of positives about the Hurry Up and Wait mentality that the military imparts on it's members! Here is what I figured out.
1. Having to wait teaches me to be patient.
I am not a patient person. Rephrase: I am not very good at being a patient person! I always want to rush into everything. Domenic said the other day, "when you put your mind to something, you don't stop until you have it". I realized that he is so true! I found a house that we both wanted to live in, and I didn't stop bothering the land lords until they agreed to rent to us :). I could definitely use some time to practice my patience.
2. Not being in control of every aspect of my life allows me to rely on God.
Sort of going off of my last point, I could also work on being less independent and more God-dependent. So many of the things in my life right now are out of my control. Rather than getting upset about it, I need to realize that God is in control. That takes so much worry and stress off of my shoulders. I am thankful that I am in a situation that allows me to practice trusting him.
3. Not knowing where I will be in the future helps me live in the present.
If I knew that in March of next year we were moving to Nebraska, I would be checked out of my present life. I would want to do nothing but think about the move, Figure out where we would live, and learn about Nebraska. That would definitely hurt my ability to be effective where I am now. My students need my mind here, so until I know the next step for us, it will be much easier to give them my mind and my time!
4. Even if I knew the future, I would still be waiting... why complain?
If I knew that Domenic was leaving in January for Basic Training, I would still have to wait till January! Why am I whining because I don't know, when knowing wouldn't change the timeline of our life.
Let me know if you have any other positive spins to put on "Hurry Up and Wait"!
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.