Hello everyone! I wanted to say first and foremost, thank you so much for the love on the first post. I was very nervous, but with the encouragement of all the amazing people in my life, I decided to take the leap. I wanted to first start my journey sharing with you guys the beginning of bootcamp.
Bootcamp is a 3 month training camp for new recruits. My husband started his training back in 2017, so the rules that he had to go through might be different than today.The military is always changing, so the first rule you learn right away is to adapt to anything the military throws at you. This not only applied to my Marine, it also applied to anyone involved in his life. I remember how I felt when he first left for bootcamp. As much as I wanted to believe that I was mentally prepared for him leaving, I wasn’t. I was nervous, scared, and uncertain about what the future held for us. I knew that he was doing an amazing thing for our country and that is the phrase I held on to today.
As he left, I knew that the journey was just beginning. I can only imagine what he was feeling at the time, but I like to believe that he felt the same as I did. I was extremely grateful for the strong relationship we have as well as understanding the commitment we made. For the next couple weeks, I was in unfamiliar territory. I was truly sad because of how much I missed him. No matter how much of an amazing support system I had, the sadness was still there; a feeling only a military community could understand. I often felt alone and as much as I wanted to lean on others, I was very independent. For me personally, dealing with it on my own helped more than reaching out.
The one thing I want to remind everyone here is that every Marine and their familys’ journey is different, there may be some crossovers, but everyone goes through it differently. How you handle your emotions is different from how I handle mine. So when in doubt, always reach out and find the resources you can to help you. I will touch more on that in another post, but what I can tell you is that the storm will pass and at the end of it there’s a rainbow.
For me, that rainbow came in the form of his letters.