Thank you for inviting me to this series.
Now, onto being a pioneer.
There have been many times in my life when until someone made a comment or pushed me through an unexpected door, I may have sold myself short. Going to college was never a big goal of mine. However, my senior year a friend made an interesting statement to me, that made me realize that I had potential. I then received an acceptance letter to a college out East, one that I had not applied to, yet due to an organization I took part in, not only was I accepted, they offered me their Presidential scholarship. While I turned it down, it made me realize that I needed to get serious and stop selling myself short!
While in college I had the opportunity to travel with the orchestra to Russia. What an amazing and beautiful country! I believe they do everything bigger in Russia (sorry Texas). After college I went to Mexico on a mission trip, wonderful! And on one to Chicago, moving.
I grew up on a farm, which my parents still live on. Yet, whenever I have had the chance I have traveled. Short trips, long trips, international trips, mission trips, work trips, fun trips. My husband also lived in the same house growing up, since he was 3 years old.
So now, with twelve years of marriage under our belt, we have lived in seven different homes, in five different states. We're really not settlers.
|Cyndy & Her Sweetheart|
My husband joined the military after we were married. I am not the only military spouse. I am not the only one who has to deal with deployments, or TDY's (shorter trips state side or abroad), or training schools far from where we live. I am not the only one who never knows just what to expect from my husband's schedule, the long hours, the crazy hours, the unexpected.
There are days that a smile easily comes to my face. There are days that it is hard to get out of bed. We all have those days. I cannot count the number of ways I could choose to handle any of these surprises or changes in life. Life is fantastic at changing things up just when things get a bit settled.
"Pioneers, by their nature, are ready to adapt to whatever may come their way." Pr. Alan Field.
Tomorrow is a new day with new adventures. I may think I know what tomorrow may bring, however, when tomorrow brings its shining face to my window, I am ready to adapt to whatever, however, I may need to. In that way, I am a pioneer. I embrace the uncertainty, the challenges, and the adventures. One day I may become a settler, a part of me longs for that. Right now, I am okay with being a pioneer, moving on to the next trail that needs to be blazed.