The lessons learned both in life and business thanks to 2008 and 2020
Life an My nightmare started when my 18-year-old son decided to join the Navy in 2019. He enlisted without us knowing until the day I got the call of his ceremony.
It was so heartbreaking, yet a very proud moment. Mind you that this was all during a difficult time due to all the problems arising during our last administration. It was not easy, but I was very proud of the choice my son made.
He graduated from Boot-Camp on December 06, 2019 (one day) after his 19th birthday. We were in Chicago for his graduation (so thankful and blessed because the nightmare started a few months later).
This day was a stressful, proud, yet very emotional time for me. I was scared because I didn\’t know where the Country was heading and there was so much going on with politics that I felt it was the wrong time for my son to enlist.
Remember we all have a lot going on \”behind the scenes\”and we all have our own stories…
When we left for Chicago things were not right, I had a \”gut feeling\”…you know those feelings that you know something might happen, but you don\’t know what or when…
Yeah, I get those a lot!…
You see I love to research and of course, I was doing my research, and guess what? While in Chicago I continued to research some more and I started to see all these trends and I told my husband… \”Babe, I don\’t know what is going on, but something bad is going to happen. Whatever it is when we get back we need to check our savings, do some prepping and pray that it\’s nothing\”…Boy was I right!!!
So we got back from Chicago at the end of December 2019. We got a call in January from my son telling us he was leaving for Japan (you can imagine my stress, and anxiety, we were very happy because that\’s where he wanted to be stationed in Okinawa, Japan).
He left and we didn\’t get to see him or say goodbye, and he\’s been stationed in Japan since the pandemic was declared in 2020. So yes, I have not seen my Baby boy for over a year and a half…
To add to the stress my son leaves for Japan, and due to the previous administration and handling everything poorly; the country shuts down, the world starts going into chaos. The deaths, the supplies, the kids not in school, businesses closing, etc, etc…
So with all this chaos going on, we DIDN\’T notice what was also happening inside our house. We were so busy putting out fires, and trying to survive, adapt, pivot, and make sure the \”house didn\’t crumble\”...
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My handsome baby boy unbeknown to us was suffering from PTSD.
He was already struggling with the passing of his best friend a brother to him. The problem was – that we never addressed his pain. We were so focused on our pain because losing Kody who was like a son to us was also very painful.
This is what happens when we are focused on our own pain, or dealing with chaos, daily life; pandemic, and my son leaving. I was unaware of his pain and suffering.Remember: it\’s NEVER too late to provide the help and assistance someone needs. We were very blessed to have quickly notice, put a plan into play, get him the help he needed and thank God, he\’s doing so much better and we are slowly moving forward.
Lessons learned:We will always go through ups/downs, chaos, trials, and tribulations, but the world doesn\’t STOP! We have to take a moment, sit back, and analyze what\’s going on within our household. Ask questions, and look at changes, and help those in need – NO MATTER WHAT!
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