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What is frustrating you right now?

March 8, 2016
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Distance. That is the most frustrating thing for me right now.

More specifically, long-distance.

I am in a long-distance relationship with:

  • my boyfriend at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • my sister in Miami, Florida
  • my dad in Carolina, Puerto Rico
  • my mom in Newark, NJ
  • my best friend currently on rotations TDYing from base to base every 3-ish months

Pretty much everyone who has been in my life for a significant period of time is far away from me now. Don’t get me wrong- I have a life things here in Baltimore.

I have a job that makes me happier than I could ever have imagined. I am learning every day. I am mentored by amazing people who care about me as a person. I am certainly blessed.

I have a loving roommate who listens to me complain and has been an amazing sounding board. When Casey was in the final phase of Ranger School and I hadn’t gotten a phone call at 10 PM on the day I was expecting a call and I started to physically feel sick, it was Lauren who comforted me and decided we were going to watch Mad Men.

I have a wonderful community of VFA Fellows. I have gotten to know many astounding women through my Junior League. I am slowly getting more involved with the Baltimore Kappa Alumnae Association. I enjoy my Church community and the mostly empty-nesters who show me lots of affection every Sunday morning.

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While I certainly count myself blessed to have all these communities around me right here where I am, it does not discredit my frustration with distance. I hate being apart from all the people who have been in my life for such a long time. I should probably also acknowledge that despite being apart from all these loved ones, I’m lucky enough to live in 2016 where I have a cell phone keeping me virtually connected to them all through text message, snapchat, isntagram, facetime, and every other social media site yet to be invented.

While these things technological luxuries certianly make it earier, though still don’t make it easy to be separated from your loved ones! Distance can still be frustrating! It can be disheartening and demoralizing to be so far from so many of the people who mean so much to me.

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