In case you are new to my blog, we lived in Germany for four years. My oldest son and I arrived in March of 2006 and we left as a family of four in March of 2010. I had a baby over there and got to travel a little bit.
The last two years there were hard. It could have been the deployment, the fact that I had such young children or even that I was just ready to be back in the US. By the time we got on the plane in March 2010, I was very happy to return home.
I noticed that a lot of my friends who moved back to the US before me really missed Germany a lot. They would talk about how they wished they were still there. They talked about how they didn’t want to be in the US even months later. They talked about their plans to return. I told myself I wasn’t going to be like that. I told myself that US was where I needed to be living. Traveling is another story but I was done living anywhere but the United States of America.
Well it has now been three years and three months since we left. I don’t want to go back. I don’t dream of ways to do that. I don’t long to live there again but…
I do miss it sometimes. I miss the simplicity of our lives. I wonder if that has more to do with the ages of my kids or just the way life was over there. I didn’t have to work from home over there. I didn’t have to worry about making money like I do now. That could have something to do with it as well. When I look back to my time there I think about a simple life I no longer live.
I miss being able to walk around my German village. I miss going to the store and buying baked goods and cheap flowers. I miss being able to see castles and the close-knit Military community that is over there. The states are just so different. We do live off-post here so some of that is because we are not living on-post.
In the last few years I will talk to people who are either thinking about going overseas or have orders to do so. Some of them are nervous or don’t know if they should go or not.
Here is my advice… GO! If you get a chance to be stationed overseas, take it. Don’t be scared. Is it going to be paradise where you will love every minute of it? Maybe not but that doesn’t change the fact that it is an amazing opportunity. You may get over there, love it and try to stay for years and years. You may hate it and be so glad to return home. Still, take the chance and go. And when you are there try your best to make the best of it. Take chances, explore and get to know your new home. Trust me, it will be worth it.
In 2008 I was sad to be back in Germany. I knew we had another deployment coming and I was tired of missing the US. I knew we were going to be there for a few more years. I got back into photography and it really opened my eyes to Germany. I was taking photos everyday and was having so much fun with them. I can look back on that time and remember everything we got to see. I can think about all the different people we met. It truly was an experience.
So don’t be scared, don’t say no to it…say yes and go. I don’t think you will regret it.