My Marine Corps ID says "Dependent" but one thing that I love about the Marine Corps lifestyle is that it has made me be Independent!
Throughout my life, I was always relying on others- for everything. This lifestyle though makes you become independent very quick.
For the first time in my life, I was in charge of how I ran things- I had responsibilities- I needed to cook, clean, do laundry. I need to make decisions and couldn't have someone else do it for me.
Now, Im sure you all are thinking "um, Colleen, you have your husband!" Yes, I do! I love him more then life, he is my support, my everything. I also credit him to helping me become the independent person I am today as well!
This lifestyle leaves me to "fend for myself" a lot. In becoming independent, Ive learned just how strong I really am. I know what I look for in friends and dont settle just to be "part of the IN crowd". I dont care what people say about me, or how I dress, or my actions- I do what is best for me and my husband, I dont care what other people think! I dont settle in life- Im going to try to reach all of our goals no matter how difficult! I am myself- I dont pretend to be someone I am not. My husband, and my friends love me because Im me- not because I am a fake version of what I think they want me to be!
So all you Marine Corps wives, heck- all my military wives- embrace your independance that being a military spouse forces you become!