By Rheanna Christine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate
Every couple of years I feel the itch. It’s something I think a lot of military families feel even if the PCS is a dreaded thing. It’s a feeling you can’t describe. Across the country, families are feeling that very feeling. For those of us that don’t feel the dread that comes along with PCSing, why would we love to move?
3 Reasons I Love to Move
- The Stuff – It’s been five years since we last moved. The “Stuff” is starting to grow, and it happened right in front of me, and I didn’t see it. When you’ve been regularly moving, and then suddenly you haven’t moved for five years the stuff starts to pile up. The PCS provides a regular purging opportunity, like spring cleaning on steroids! Sure, two or three years is enough time to acquire a nice stack of “stuff.” If the years start ticking up past that, the amount of stuff can become intolerable, and you don’t know where to begin. There’s no threat of weight limits or check-lists to go through. Purging without a looming PCS is hard!
- Builds Character – It’s corny no doubt. Whenever someone tells you something builds character, it’s almost always a bad thing. While it might sound silly, there are some really amazing life lessons moving often teaches you. Military kids are pretty darn amazing at making friends, and moving has pushed me even hard to seek out those friendships. For those military spouses who are extroverts, and always jump in feet first, they might have figured out those lessons without the moves, yes. But there’s no arguing the resiliency, the organization, the multi-tasking and towering strength that military families add to their personal arsenals through the many years of moving.
- The Adventure – Throughout military life, families will experience things that they probably never would have seen before. So many people are born and raised in the same place, and while it isn’t only military families that find themselves moving around, it’s a good chunk of them. If you think back on your experiences with the military think of all the places you’ve been or driving through. I can’t imagine a time in my life when I would have gone to the Oklahoma City Bombing Site and Memorial, or taking my children to the Loraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr lost his life. These are all places that would have been nothing but a fleeting dream. Yet, we saw them! Even if you don’t think you are living in the military’s most exciting duty station, the adventure is only as good as you make it. There’s something special and unique about each place in our beautiful country. It’s up to you to find it.
Moving usually isn’t anyone’s favorite part of military life. Many of us enjoy the challenge and the adventure of it all, but a good number of us would probably prefer to stay in one place a lot longer than we get to. But whether it’s the adventure or just the reason you needed to purge, moving can be one of the best parts of military life too.
Why do you enjoy the move?
Author: Rheanna Christine is a PCSgrades’ Blogger Affiliate currently based in Washington, DC. When she isn’t writing, she stays at home with her three children. You can find her checking out all the historical sites in the city, reading, getting crafty or watching black and white movies. She has been featured in Military Spouse Magazine, USA Today, and National Guard and Reserve Magazine. In 2016, she co-founded and launched SpouseTalks, an interactive forum targeted to all branches of the Guard and Reserves, with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). She and her high school sweetheart hubby have been living this military life for almost fifteen years. Visit her blog at www.cammostylelove.com.