Enjoy the Base You’re At

Home is Where the Heart IsYou know the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side”.  Sure, maybe you are at a base that was so low on your list it didn’t 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’s 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…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’s 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’t 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’t find unless you look around off the beaten path.

Don’t 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’t hear of otherwise, both military affiliated and not (our Eat the Street fests with changing themes has been a really neat one).

Don’t 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.

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