Being in the Army can be extremely bitter at times, but as we all know, God always gives us sugar to go with our vinegar. (I love that saying!) I know sometimes I complain or even wish I never joined, but looking at the bigger picture, I am ultimately happy and grateful that I did. I wouldn’t be the woman who I am today if it wasn’t for certain experiences that took place.
I am also grateful for the friends that I have made over the years. My military family has a bond like no other. No one will ever understand what we went through. I love the friends I have made over the years in the Army. In the hardest of times, when I had no family around, they were there for me. To share secrets and make me laugh when there was absolutely nothing to laugh about. It is very easy to make friends overseas, then loose touch when you return home.
Here are some tips to help keep touch with friends you may not see or talk to often:
- Make sure you guys are connected through social media! I’m friends with all of my Army buddies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Even the one’s I may only talk to once a year, it is still nice to be able to keep up with their life from a distance.
- Take the time to go on outings. All of my Army friends in Cleveland and I always make time at least once a month to get together for dinner, or drinks. We are all very busy living very different lives, but we take that one day out of the month to catch up!
- Use group messaging! I have a designated group message thread for my Army friends and I to be able to contact each other whenever we please. Even if I don’t participate, I can still scroll through the messages and see what’s going on.
I know everyone has things to do and life can get pretty complicated. In the midst of life’s journey, make sure you make time to nurture your friendships.