Finding Beauty in the Everyday Military Life: A Hike at Chimney Rock
In the ever-evolving journey of military life, we often forget to pause and appreciate the ordinary moments. Our recent hiking adventure to Chimney Rock served as a gentle reminder that even the seemingly mundane aspects of our lives deserve recognition and celebration.
As we set out on the trail, my husband secured our little one into the hiking backpack—a task we've become used to doing over the years. We are an active family and love nature and hiking so one of us has had a baby strapped to us for the past five years. The weight of our child on his back was no extraordinary feat, but to the unacquainted eye, it was a display of strength and resilience. I couldn't help but wonder, "Is this really that remarkable, or have we simply grown used to the extraordinary in our everyday?"
The hike itself presented moderate challenges, yet nothing that raised an eyebrow for us. With my husband's background in light infantry, carrying extra weight was merely part of the package. We navigated the terrain with a sense of familiarity, taking in the magnificent sights of Chimney Rock and surrounding trails. Hikers were passing us cheering for my husband while I scoffed. "This isn't a big deal! You're head is going to get too big!" I jokingly said, but really was annoyed by all the praise he was getting.
Amidst the grandeur of the natural world, I found myself reflecting on how we perceive the ordinary, both in our military lives and beyond. What may seem like routine to us—a leisurely hike with our little ones—can be regarded as a noteworthy achievement by others. I fell into the classic trap of "others have done way harder things, this isn't impressive."
This pondering brought forth a valuable insight. Our daily experiences, though they might not appear heroic or groundbreaking to the world, are far from ordinary. In fact, they are infused with a unique blend of perseverance, resilience, and the unmistakable beauty of our individual journeys.
In the realm of military life, our lives are often marked by the humdrum and the lonely. But within these ordinary days, we discover our remarkable strength and the need for rest, reflection, and celebration. The tasks we perform, the responsibilities we bear, and the everyday obstacles we surmount are a testament to our fortitude.
We often forget that in the pursuit of our daily routines, we are forging our own paths of resilience. Every day is a chance to cherish the moments that might otherwise go unnoticed—whether it's a simple hike, a heartfelt conversation, or a shared smile with a loved one.
When we got back to the car, I gazed at our little family with a newfound appreciation. While this may have been just another hike for us, it was a moment of beauty and reflection. Our ordinary days, infused with the extraordinary essence of military life, deserve to be celebrated.
So, to my fellow military spouses, I say this: Find time to embrace your ordinary moments. Recognize the beauty in your daily experiences and the strength they embody. Whether it's a quiet hike, a cozy evening, or a shared laugh, let us learn to appreciate the profound moments that spring from the simplicity of our lives.
Our journey may be unique, but the beauty of the everyday is universal. Let us remember that in the ordinary, we uncover the extraordinary. And in celebrating the commonplace, we give our resilience the recognition it truly deserves.