Since March is Women’s History Month, I thought it was a great way to recognize the amazing women in my life.
Women’s History Month originated as a national celebration in 1981, but back then it was just as a week-long celebration. In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, the month of March was designated as Women’s History March. Soon after, additional resolutions were passed requesting and authorizing the president to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.
Now, I think we should always have been celebrating and recognizing women, so I will take this time to honor and recognize those women in my life. You probably have some of the same in yours.
Best Friends: These are the women you have known for years. They are the ones who have seen you at your worst. They are also the ones who have stood by you during the happiest times in your life; new job, marriage and babies. These women are the ones who lift you up when things are tough. They lift their glasses to toast you when things are full of light and love, and most importantly, they are the ones who tell you like it is when you need that dose of reality. My BFFs are spread across the country. Many military spouses face the same situation. Although, military spouses do a great job about finding pals at each duty station and “blooming where you are planted,” I have to say thank goodness for cellphones and airplanes.
The Fast and the Furious: These are the friends you make at each duty station. You are in the same boat. You are dealing with the same things, often at the same times. These pals end up becoming dear friends that last a lifetime. One of you ends up moving a few years after you find each other, but the bond you have is something special. They are also the friends that you tend to be able to pick up where you left off. You understand the trials and tribulations of military life, so the time that goes by between chats or texts is something you get and allow yourself to pick up where you left off — especially if you are lucky enough to be posted to the same duty station once again.
The Mentor: Gosh, this type of lady has changed my life on so many different levels. For me, I have two types of mentors — my professional mentors and my Army mentors.
Professionally, I have had the luxury of knowing, growing and learning from some of the most amazing leaders I have ever met. Women who are fierce and passionate about their work. Women who work tirelessly to value their family and friend time. Women who support other women and strive to be each other’s biggest cheerleaders.
On the other spectrum, I have had the most amazing Army mentors, sometimes referred to as senior or seasoned spouses (not sure about those terms, but I see them often). I just call them the backbone of Army families. Without these amazing women that have come before me and continue to help guide and support me, I would be lost. They put everything aside for their military families. They show compassion and kindness. They show love and light. And they have stood in your shoes. I feel so blessed to have a network of Army mentors who continue to inspire me and all those around them.
Bold. Beautiful. Brave. Three words that define the women in my life.
Reena O’Brien is an Army spouse and Herald Correspondent. She lives on Fort Hood.