Transition Is A Great Time To Pause

The opportunity came to submit an article for consideration for Live from the Southside magazine. I was definitely interested (it was my first attempt to publish in a magazine), but was not sure my military niche would be a good fit. However, as I talked to my sounding board (aka, my husband), I realized I had the perfect self care topic…using periods of transition to pause.

I’m happy to say my article was accepted and published in their July edition. They have no restrictions on republishing, so I am happy to share the article with all of you.

For the military, transition is very definitive. We go from a very specific culture and subcultures to the civilian population and it can be a little (okay, very) jarring. Different (in our minds, more laid back) culture; lots and lots of choices (getting dressed is a stressful event now); freedom to say no…I could go on forever. Those that have crossed the transition bridge, whether by separating or retiring, know the importance of the pause. Many that did not take that time have told me “I should have done that.”

In reality, we should learn to pause when we are going through any transition.

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