You know the saying ‚ÄúThe grass is always greener on the other side‚Äù.¬† Sure, maybe you are at a base that was so low on your list it didn‚Äôt even make the list.¬† There may be bugs, snakes, the weather is too hot/too cold, you are too far from your friends or what you consider home, etc.¬† Despite wherever you are, there are tons of ways to find enjoyment right where you are.¬† After all, you are going to be there for a few years so it‚Äôs easiest to make the best of it!¬† Be grateful for the opportunity and slow down enough to enjoy it.
I had my heart set on Ft. Carson, Colorado two years ago.¬† All of my cold weather clothes were ready to go and I was jumping with joy at the possibility of that scenery‚Ä¶and skiing again!¬† You can imagine my surprise when the phone rang I was told to pack up for Hawaii instead.¬† HAWAII?!?!¬† Sure, some folks have probably dreamed of seeing it one day, but not this girl!¬† What on Earth was I going to do out in the middle of the ocean?¬† As it turns out, there are plenty of ways to enjoy right where you have been sent.¬† You set the tone for the household so set a good one.
It‚Äôs probably not news to you that time flies when you are having fun.¬† So just how do you go about finding fun where you are?¬† TripAdvisor has become my go-to spot to find neat attractions in the area.¬† Utilize your internet capabilities to find what interests you locally.¬† Maybe it is something you didn‚Äôt even know to look for, like a macadamia nut farm that just happens to also be the site of many movie sets and gives away delicious local coffee while you tour their farm!¬† There are some real gems that you won‚Äôt find unless you look around off the beaten path.
Don‚Äôt forget your activities office on base too.¬† They have pamphlets for local attractions and can offer you discounted rates as well.¬† Outdoor Rec can also assist in providing you with equipment to get out there and enjoy your local region (more info on Outdoor Rec this summer).¬† You may also have great opportunities to take courses that are specific to the region you are in (yes, I went from skiing to SCUBA diving!).¬† Use social media sites to connect with other military families in your area.¬† This is also a great way to find out about local events that you wouldn‚Äôt hear of otherwise, both military affiliated and not (our Eat the Street fests with changing themes has been a really neat one).
Don‚Äôt be afraid to get out there, meet some neighbors, join a few groups and maybe even start one of your own!¬† As military family members, we are accustomed to being adaptable and flexible.¬† Use this base assignment as an opportunity to do that.¬† Expand your horizons, explore and share some of the amazing talents and interests that you have with others.