The term “Military Brat” is used to describe the children of military members. Most view us as socially awkward or, as my boyfriend describes, “a bunch of weirdos”. (which is totally okay with me because we kind of are haha). What people don’t understand is that us Brats are our own subculture, and we were raised under different conditions than your average youth. The harsh realities of a military brat are probably not viewed as intriguing to someone who has never been through it.
My purpose for sharing my thoughts and experiences is to help people better understand what we face growing up, and how different the lifestyle is.
So, here we go!
We don’t know how to answer the question “Where are you from?”
Ummm…. Everywhere? Which then requires a full explanation that I am tired of repeating daily. We typically move every 2-3 years, so we’ve been around the block (well… the world) a few times.
I currently live in the south, so a lot of their lingo and local cuisines are still bizarre to me. You can only imagine how often I get asked this question when I incorrectly pronounce a word. Continue reading “Harsh Realities of a Military Brat (from my point of view)”
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There is not a day that goes by where I don’t find myself thinking “I wish I would have known that when I was younger.” Life is complicated and full of plot twists. So, I decided to write a letter to my younger self to get it off my chest, as well as hopefully help my younger readers that might come across this post.
Where do I even begin?…
Dear younger and naive Sam,
Life has so much to offer you. There will probably be more downs then there are ups, but that’s the name of the game. You cannot control everything, despite how much you believe that you can. The most you can do is try to prepare for anything that comes your way, so here are a few things I want you to keep in mind.
Love yourself first.
You are going to wake up some mornings wishing you did not exist. This is no way to think about yourself. It is very important that you learn how to love yourself in order to love others. No relationship you have will prosper if you cannot do this first.
Do not let what others think of you determine your self-worth. No one knows you like you do, and you need to stand tall and rise above. You are beautiful, and do not let anyone else tell you otherwise. Continue reading “Letter to My Younger Self”
Every day I hear about how someone I know is killing it in life. They have the job, the husband, the car, the kids.
I spend many nights lying awake at night thinking about why I’m not as successful as these people. Why I am stuck in this rut, and is it ever going to get better?
We all do it guys, be honest. Facebook and other social media sites have become this constant reminder of what we aren’t doing with our lives.
But what we don’t realize is everyone out there has something that they aren’t happy with. No one is perfect, regardless of how much they try to portray themselves as such.
We aren’t going to get anywhere in life if we keep comparing and not acting!
So I sat down and thought of a few things I currently do to keep my damn sanity… because god knows I might just lose my mind if I don’t do something about it. Continue reading “5 Tips on How to Stop Comparing Your Life to Others”
Step one is reading this article! But seriously, finding a job is one of the most dreadful things I have had to overcome in the past. It has proven to be especially difficult for those with no work experience.
In this post I will be sharing some of the steps I took to find a job, as well as some of the things I look for in an applicant being an assistant manager at my current job. Continue reading “How to Find a Job”
You have only been gone from this earth for seven months now. But then again, you were never really there in the first place. That’s the only reason why I am coping so well… it’s the same. But different.
I still never hear from you, nor do you cross my mind. Except when I see other mothers caring for their daughters. The only difference is, now I will never be able to hear from you.
I know you loved my brother and me. He is still too young to realize that, but I did. Continue reading “Letter to My Dead Mother”
So you’re thinking about getting your first apartment? What a fun and exciting thing! That was always the ultimate goal growing up… getting away from your parents. I thought about this day a million times throughout high school. But holy sh*t was I unprepared. A lot of people don’t realize how much it takes to get out in the world on your own. Most people (including myself) dive right in without planning things out. I am a very impatient person, and I always thought I was invincible. Who needs planning? I procrastinated all throughout high school and managed to make it out alive! Why should this be so different?
Before you make such a rash decision.. let me give you some advice on things you should keep in mind before signing that lease. Continue reading “Getting Your First Apartment (Things to keep in Mind)”
So you just graduated high school… well first off, congrats!!! The opportunities ahead of you must be exciting and somewhat overwhelming. I know they were for me. You’re about to be out on your own, experiencing all that the world has to offer you. But before you start making any rash decisions on what you should do first, let me tell you the 4 BIGGEST mistakes I made right out of high school. Maybe it will help you make wiser choices, I hope. Continue reading “4 Mistakes I made after High School”