I have just returned from setting up ‘Not Just a Wife’ at the Army@The Fringe as part of the Edinburgh and realised that there is no more hiding in the shadows!
I thought I had a good story to tell and I knew that I had a responsibility once I had completed the interviews but what I hadn’t realised was that I still had an underpinning fear of putting it on a wider platform.
I visited my website and saw how poor it was; this weekend is about rectifying that. The posts will all be retrospective but the idea is that I will keep everybody up-to-date with what is happening.
I have met some wonderful people during my couple of days setting up in Edinburgh and have seen how the teams work so seamlessly together with a single aim – getting the messages out of what life in the Army in a world of diversity is about. To start the conversations and watch their progression.
All change is possible and with the right people engaging and talking to each other each local step leads to a national change for the better.
It is important for everyone to have a voice as life is about choices, sometimes it is up to a few to be the voice for those who are not in the right place at the moment; to voice what they are feeling, but there is a real need for them to know that they are not on their own.
By sharing experiences I am hoping that those who are not able to see the exhibition will realise that they are not on their own. If you are reading this and feel that you are not coping then please say something. You will find that there is more than one person who has been through what you are feeling and that you are probably not the first to feel that way.
Make a step into the community and you will find that it is not that daunting. Use Social Media to find someone who will go to an event with you. You will not be left on the outside but you have to take the first step and let people know that you feel on the outside.
As a military spouse you are part of an awesome community and we need to do all that we can to show just what we can do.