the truth as I know it
Yes!!! I didn't think I would, but I do. It's tough to be a trailing spouse and still feel like you're in control of the trajectory of your future at all. Sometimes I forget all of the wonderful things I have been able to explore and do just because I have not had the usual traditional adulthood (that sounds redundant...). It is in our nature to see how we measure up, and when you're different from how you think you should be and maybe even how others are, or what your ideals say that you should be - its very difficult to reconcile. I have to force myself to remember that, and to focus on how very very lucky I have been in love (and not allow my angst to mess that up!), and of course, to exercise until I smile. Thank you for the name to put with the issue - and for the post where you quote your dad and his perspective on mood swings. It was wonderful :).
I welcome any comment, so happy to hear from you.