Anybody else currently battling that familiar feeling of restlessness that seems to come around every few years? The innate urge to be moving on, to pack up, change direction, just to be somewhere new?
I’ve had what’s been described as the Army Brat ‘itch’, pretty much all my adult life. I’ve stayed in seven different cities since leaving school and although I always have good intentions of this being ‘the’ place to settle down, I inevitably get to the point where I want to give it all up and hit the road again. But why?
Army brats are programmed for change
Some would attribute not being able to ‘settle down’ to a fear of commitment, but I wonder whether it’s us army brats replicating those patterns of behaviour we learnt from our childhood.
Growing up as a forces child, life is a constant adventure. With your family deployed on average every 3 to 4 years you become accustomed to change. New homes, new schools and ever changing friendship groups, you learn to adapt and rise to each new challenge. Growing up, we came to expect that or time in a place would inevitably end, and there would always be the prospect of new and exciting opportunities ahead of us. Could it be that as adults we are continually striving for that familiar sense of fulfilment; the need to always have lots of different experiences and on-going challenges?
Maybe we find it so easy to move on and feel the need to move on, because it’s what we’ve been programmed to instinctively do from childhood…
Do you have the Army Brat itch? I’d love to hear from you..