So often, we don’t see a change in ourselves when we come back home – from boot camp, an extended time away from our (family) home, deployment, or a final time after leaving the service to our country. However, there is a change. Others see it outwardly in the things we do or say. Sometimes they see an inward change through our attitudes, thought processes, or behaviors. We didn’t realize how fast we have grown into the person we had become. Sometimes we think that others have changed (not us). Could it be that changes have occurred in all of us (them and us)? Coming to terms with changes is not always easy. We might feel like we’re trying to be a “square peg being fit into a round hole.” Conversations that came easier before are not always so now.
There are times you really don’t want to talk about your experiences. There are other times you do – but only with someone who understands. Conversations become filtered. Things that you thought were relevant before might not be as relevant now.
You’re not alone. There are many brothers and sisters out there that still have your back. Seek your “family” connections and networks. We at Hidden In Life would be honored to help if you would want someone there to help in your transition challenges.