One of the biggest changes for me in the last 18 months has been the conscious decision to be happy. It’s a choice. This doesn’t mean that I’m constantly happy. I’m human. I react to things that are happening around me but once I’m conscious of how I’m feeling, I can choose to be happy in that moment.
Over the Independence Day holiday my son and I went back to visit my parents in Illinois. I had not been back in more than five years so it was really good to visit. I haven’t been avoiding the trip home, it just didn’t happen. When I first joined the Navy in 1988, I made regular trips back home almost twice a year. As I began to settle down and make a home for myself in San Diego, my visits became fewer and farther between. Going “home” didn’t have the same meaning anymore.