Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"They Said What?!" Tuesday

Nope, not a meme, but totally worthy of this title...

I have been so blessed to have a huge, supportive group of family members, friends, and coworkers who've been nothing but supportive of my decision to enlist in the Air Force Reserve.  When the news broke at work, I got a bunch of replies wishing me well, congratulating me on my decision, as well those who commended me on making such a decision late in life.  My dad has been supportive, my brother seemed to approve when I told him back in December, and DH asserts that the only opinion that matters is mine (although he's supported me since I started kicking the thought around).  Friends like Noelle and Trinnie have been huge supporters - Noelle's sent me a number of congratulations cards and notes along the way, and Trinnie is going to step in and "be me" while I'm gone.  I even had coworkers like Haley and Dixie express a desire to attend my enlistment ceremony.

I haven't had to deal with too many nay-sayers, and if others don't approve/agree, they haven't been saying anything to my face.  That brings me to this gem of a comment:

"We all think she's crazy, including her ex-husband."

Have you picked your chins up yet?  I had to smirk at that one.  I'm not mad, I'm not hurt, I'm not upset - I'm not surprised.  Considering the source, I am not surprised.  Yet another piece of evidence pointing to a huge disconnect in my relationship with this speaker.  As for the xDH, it's been six years.  I'm the first person to tell you that I truly grew up after I left him.  I'm a completely different person now at the age of 30 than I was when I left him at 24.

And what kind of person am I now?  I'm the kind of person who disregards those who try to squelch my dreams.  The kind of person who isn't restrained by those who try to hold her back.  The kind of person who doesn't just dream, but who achieves.  The kind of person that knows that when I graduate on that glorious day in July, sweating in the Texas sun in my service dress uniform - I will take a picture and my shit-eating grin will be plastered on Facebook and burn in the backs of the minds of all of my nay-sayers!  Bwah ha ha!

PS.  90 days until I report to BMT!

10 comments:

To the Nth said...

You show 'em!

FemminaDaVinci said...

Good for you! Way to keep your head held high!

Natalia said...

You go girl! Most everyone has been supportive, (even if they don't understand) but I'm sure there have been a few negative comments said about me too, just not to my face. Whatever. It takes a strong person to make these kinds of decisions and I'm so flippin EXCITED!

Sarah said...

and what makes that person think that you even give a hoot about what they think or your xDH? Don't let them POO POO on YOUR SUNSHINE!

Lou said...

way to stay strong!! im with sarah dont let them "poo poo" on your greatness!

Erin said...

Thanks everyone!! I appreciate it, you know it!

@Nth - LOVE your new icon, hydrangeas are one of my faves!

@Natalia - SOOOOOO excited for you!!!

hmb said...

You probably said before and I just didn't catch it...but will you be in Texas? That's where J did his Air Guard basic wayyyyy back in the day. He said it wasn't bad at all...

Adrienne said...

I think you're bad-ass!!

The WholeFamDamily said...

good for you! who are other people to say waz right for you and your life and dreams? there's always gonna be people who don't like what your'e doing, but we just have to be true to ourselves and do what we love! i had people almost try to do an intervention when i started a style blog. LAME, it's something i love so perhaps i should send them the great quote and picture you have at the top of this post. i love it. ;D

--my hubby is in the Air National Guard and he had family and friends tell him not to enlist , BUT he's doing what he loves (his orders are full time so military IS his job) and he's been happy for 9 yrs doing so...
go girl!!

hillary

Erin said...

@Adrienne - And I thank you for it!

@Hillary - Thanks! I'm excited about where it's going to take me, and I won't let anyone keep me down.