In 2003 I fell in love and married my own, real-life hero. In 2012 my husband, still my hero, was diagnosed with service-related PTSD and assigned a disability rating by the VA. Now, years later, after some of the most intensive therapy the VA offers there are still nightmares and hyper-vigilance plus the fact that I have my own depression and anxiety issues. Our conversations and our lives are centered around identifying and avoiding “triggers”, the struggle to “get more sleep”, and the ever elusive hope of “feeling better”. We have decided to jump feet first into the spiritual pursuit of happiness via travel, spirituality, and mindful living.
Fortunately for us, we also have both dedicated our lives to serving Jehovah God. Our faith, power beyond what is normal, hope, and love of our Creator along with the support of our international brotherhood has provided us with just what we need at the right time. In these critical times hard to deal with we have decided to take a leap of faith and rely on the one thing that has brought us through everything else (Matthew 6:33). We have stored away my dreams of working until retirement age while my husband enjoys a second career post-Army. Our discussions and experiences over the past couple years have led me to feel, in the deepest part of my heart, that us being together serving Jehovah in the great wide open is the most powerful medicine possible. So, we are jumping into this adventure with both feet. A wise man once wrote that love conquers all (1 Corinthians 13:8). I’m putting my money on that.
We are shifting gears, working on mindfulness, nurturing spirituality, training a psychiatric service dog, leaving my 15-year career as a sociologist/ environmental planner, and holding on to each other with all our might. We are simplifying (the contents of our 5 bedroom house in the city of my dreams), saying goodbye to the 9-5, and planning to find our own way to the #bestlifeever by putting spiritual things first. We will also hit the road as part-time RVers in the Spring of 2017. In the meantime we are both in therapy and learning how to be there for each other in the ways we need most. On these blog pages I will be posting about our journey, both figuratively and literally.
To read more about keeping your eye simple, strengthening your faith, and improving your spiritual well being see this article on setting and pursuing spiritual goals.
“You would be surprised what you can do when you have no choice. That’s what courage is… It’s the result of facing what you thought would consume you.”
― Lori Goodwin,