Join In – Tip #161
There is nothing more comforting than shared experiences. Knowing that other people understand exactly what you are going through can really help you to survive the challenges that military life can throw your way. All over the internet, across the world and in your communities there are military families, spouses, mothers, brothers, fathers, sisters, friends, etc. getting together to talk, take action, find comfort or just do something other than sitting at home alone. My advice is to join them!
* Do a google search of things happening in your area
* Find a Blue Star Families or Mothers Chapter in your area
* Go on your local community centre site and find out what is happening in your area and beyond
* Go to your MFRC or readiness centre and find out about opportunities for you to get together with others and do something fun
* Ask other people what they recommend, did or are interested in doing
* Think about what causes you would be interesting in fundraising for and get people together to raise money
From personal experience, I know that it can feel easier to sit at home and watch TV or veg out. In the long run getting out, even just once a week, and being with people who have been through what you have and know how you feel can not only provide you with a lot of strength but also open up your world to experiences that you might never have had, make new friends, build your confidence and discover talents, abilities or interests you never knew you had.
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