I had originally planned for this post to be letter Q in my Deployment ABCs, but I opted to talk about quality time instead. I think that was an important post to share, but I knew I still wanted to share some of my favorite quotes. I just didn’t think it would be so soon!
Allow me a short vent session: currently, it feels like A is never home. It feels that way because most of the time, it’s true. Between chief season and then lots of travel, I’ve about hit my limit for him being gone. And I still have a week left until he comes home. Factor in a sick Ruger (more on that tomorrow), an under the weather me as well as my own work-related stress and I may have had a little bit of a meltdown when A told me he was leaving for two weeks.
So after I pulled myself together a little bit, I turned to my old standby deployment quotes. Over the past few years, I’ve collected a few words of wisdom that help me put things in perspective. Hopefully you’ll find one (or two) that do the same thing for you.
Deployment Survival Quotes
Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.
This is a big one and it’s taken me all four years to really get a grip on it. Is every single second picture perfect? Heck to the no. But do I do the best I can to survive (and rock) deployment? Heck yes, I do. So on the days that I don’t get as much done or that I shed a tear or two, I try to cut myself a little slack.
Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
I’ve talked about deployment jealousy and the comparison monster before so I won’t touch on them again here. But safe to say I repeat this quote to myself fairly often when I start wishing I had someone else’s life.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
Raise your hand if you wish the service member in your life had a different job. Maybe one that sits safely behind the desk from 9 to 5 with weekends and holidays off? Yeah me too. But that’s not the case for all of us. While I would love for A to be safer and home all the time, without the military, A wouldn’t be A. And I am exceptionally lucky to have this version of A in my life, even if I do have to say really difficult goodbyes.
The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.
Word. Deployment sucks. But homecoming is amazing. Not everyone gets to have multiple first kisses, but military spouses do. Celebrate that joy.
You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.
Let me be clear: I don’t consider myself a role model or superhero or anything like that. I’m just a girl who fell in love with a boy in the military. But if being a military wife (and sharing that experience with others) serves as a boost to someone else in the same position, then I think that’s wonderful! If that’s what the universe had in mind when it broke my “no military” rule, then so be it.
Do you have any quotes that have helped you survive a deployment?