Military and Just retired
by George/20yr retiree
I'm glad I stumbled on this and to listen to familiar stories. It has been difficult trying to adjust.
I had this great plan before I joined, after getting out, get into law enforcement after doing 20yrs of service. Now I'm too old, my back is blown out and I have hearing loss and an autoimmune disease. Didn't think that one out too well..piss poor planning honestly.
Feels like I'm starting from the bottom and I'm 45yrs old nobody as I look for available jobs before time runs out. When I see one that I have skills in and feel overly qualified in... I'm not good enough unless i have a piece of paper. Leads me to looking at some jobs that i have no interest at all in doing.
I cant get my mind around how do you go from being put in a high-stress environment through most of your career to...hello..the tampons are on isle 5?
I cant sleep and when I do I toss and turn. I'm angry, depressed and an emotional rollercoaster. I should just find me a military woman so i can get some bah lol. On a serious note though keep your head above water. Im going through an emotional state as well.
We just got to push through and accept the things we can't change and focus on the things we can. Don't let this kick your a**. We been through worse and survived.
If it means starting from the bottom and working your way back up then so be it. We all know how to do it and the best thing about it now is if that boss wants to hold you back you can always look for a new job and quit.
The military was my family and i loved it dearly. It gave me honor and a purpose and pride when i put that uniform on...also headaches and the "I cant wait to get out" quote, figmo, dgaf...give me my DD-214! Now that time is over but we still honor it because we will always be a part of it.
You are my brother, my sister....my brister?
The service took care of us and we focused on the mission. Now it's just about making money to survive..even if the mission is directing someone to isle 5.
Yay..crappy mission..roe=smile upon contact.
Payday..success then enjoy the day off.
I hope you land a job doing something you love and if not then I hope you enjoy doing something you love on your day off. Keep it balanced.
Best of luck to you brothers/sisters.