There exists a constant for military families— change. Thriving whilst experiencing change with deployments, TDYs, PCS season (whether you are the person staying or leaving); this requires some level of courage. Merriam Webster tells us that courage is, “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty”. So, what does courage look like within our Stroller Warriors community?
- Seeing a social media post about Stroller Warriors on the base spouse’s page and requesting to join.
- Putting yourself out there by attending a Stroller Warriors event for the very first time.
- Taking the first step on a running journey— be it your first ever run, first run post-partum, first run post injury, or first run after a long hiatus.
- Choosing to push through the uncomfortable aspects of running.
- Being vulnerable— leaning in and asking your Stroller Warriors community for support and advice concerning military life, running, parenting, etc.
- Giving yourself grace when you have a not so good running day.
- Realizing it is necessary to take a running break to prevent an injury.
- Trying a new style of running— tackling hill repeats, speed work, etc.
- Registering for your first race.
- Working towards and committing to a running goal.
- Making the choice to put in 100%— leaving it all on the line and never giving up.
This list of courage is continuous. When experiencing the oh so difficult aspects of military life, look back and remember the moments within your Stroller Warriors community when you chose to be courageous and let it guide you.