Don’t think ‘somewhere else’ is always better Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 January 2018
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By Senior Airman Melissa Baugher
Special to GUIDON

A friend recently made a statement that stuck in my mind. He said, “The two best bases I’ve ever been to are the base I just came from and the one I’m going to next.”

When I thought about it, I realized I am also guilty of making statements like this. I have been known to say, “I wish I could go back to high school” or “I can’t wait to get orders from here.”

Do you think like this? Do you wish you could go back somewhere, like college or an old base?

I remember when I was in high school, the place I once wished I could go back to. I couldn’t wait to graduate and be out on my own, away from my parents’ watchful eyes.

It wasn’t where I wanted to be, and it definitely wasn’t what I thought I should be doing. And, I won’t mention all the big gripes I had, such as “So much homework!” and “What! I have to be in by midnight?”

I hated it so much, or so I thought. If I only knew how much I would want to be back there later in life, I might have slowed down to enjoy it a little more.

 After I graduated, I enlisted and went to Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, N.M. I wanted to go to big and exciting places, but Clovis was not my idea of a big and exciting place.

That is when I found myself wishing I could go back to high school. At least when I was there I had no responsibilities. Now I had to get myself to work on time, clean my room, pay my own bills and do my own laundry.

All my friends were back home partying at college. They didn’t have to worry about half the stuff I did. I couldn’t believe my boss was making me work more than eight hours and even on the weekends. Was he serious? What had I gotten myself into?

While I was worrying about the things I didn’t want to do and complaining about what Cannon didn’t have to offer me, I forgot to take time to enjoy the great experiences I was having and the great people I was meeting.

Now I am at Langley AFB, and I will not wish I could be anywhere else. Sure, there are things I can complain about. Is there anywhere in the world that’s perfect?

There are many more things to be happy about. I am serving in the world’s greatest military. Because I do this, I am my little cousin’s hero.

I do things envied by many of my friends. Some of them couldn’t make it through college. They are constantly amazed at the stories I tell.

I have met people from all around the world. I never would have gone to Turkey had I not been in the Air Force.

When I am told to do something I don’t like, when I can think of a million things I would rather be doing, I will also think about why I choose to serve and how good I have it.

I will appreciate all the Air Force, Langley and the surrounding area have to offer.

I will use all the great benefits the Air Force is offering me, and I will enjoy every moment I have here until I am told to report somewhere else.

Of course one day I will wish I could be back here. But right now I am here and this is the best base I have ever been to.

(Editor’s note: Baugher was with the 1st Fighter Wing Public Affairs at the time this was written.)
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