This past month has been a whirl. I knew that packing up my things would be quite the task. With my ship date just about 24 hours away, the contents of my civilian life are all tied up in neat little packages. Envelopes, binders, Rubbermaid bins, boxes, totes. Loaded into cars and trucks and stored in a variety of places; mom and dad’s, Rebecca and Paulo’s, the storage unit. A huge thank you to all my friends that helped me with that ginormous task. Really, I couldn’t have done it without you.
So, I’m down to just three backpacks; one for this weekend, one for Basic Training, and one for my Army Guard drills when I come back. It feels pretty wierd to be traveling so light. But at the same time, it’s liberating. While packing up all my belongings, I realized how much we allow the things in our life define us. Our things are comforting, and that’s not all bad. At the end of a long day, it’s nice to know that our favorite slippers will be waiting next to the comfy couch and our special mug can be filled with hot cocoa. But really, it’s just stuff. The people in our lives are the richest comforts.
I’ve said this before, but one of the greatest things to already have come out of this experience is the relationships, old and new, that have grown and flourished. I’m a pretty independent person, but I can’t move a couch by myself. Being homeless since December 20th, I’ve had to call upon friends for couches, showers, and even once a change of clothes! But you know what, the people in my life have stepped up each time. And starting tomorrow, I’ll be car-less so my friends will even have to drive me around.
In life you can’t do it alone, and you don’t have to. God puts people in our lives to fill in where we have voids. In this team I have become a part of, each one of us will have talents that make us shine. We will all have strenghts and weaknesses that will require us to work together for the benefit of our country. I’m excited to see what I can bring to the plate. And I won’t need my bed, Netflix, or even cute socks to do it.