After watching the trailer for “The Last Jedi” earlier this week, some friends and I started discussing the illustrious career of the actor best known for playing Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill. It wasn’t until we took to Wikipedia to check out his other major roles that I realized that I actually had something in common with Hamill–he, like me and many other Corvias Scholars, is a military brat!
In the days leading up to the election, a friend texted me to ask about the military’s stance on the election. He was worried about how the armed forces might react when faced with two incredibly unpopular candidates, and he even contemplated the prospect that the military might not be able to peacefully transition power after the election. He asked how a soldier like my dad might react after the election results became public, and I knew without having to ask.
Content note: Anxiety, depression, suicide, resources.
I think we can all agree that being military children has given us a distinct set of skills – we’re resilient and adaptable, we find communities wherever we go, and we often are excellent at remaining calm under acute pressures. We have these skills because from a young age, we’ve been forced to practice them. I’ve known these things about myself for years, and I suspect you all have as well, but a few weeks ago, I realized that there was one more muscle I’ve become particularly adept at flexing because I’m a military child – worrying. Worrying where your parents were, if they were safe, when they would come home, if they would come home, what would happen if they didn’t – those aren’t things that most American children had to worry about on a regular basis.