Many of us can’t ‘go back’ and revisit our old childhood homes as they were. Army life means that many of the people we once knew, will have moved on, and in some cases the bases that were our childhood homes, have gone too.
For many of us Army Brats, memories and photographs are the only connections we have to our past. This is why sharing recollections and engaging in a little nostalgia with other Army Brats (through face-book etc.), can actually be a healthy pastime.
Connecting with other Army Brats, not only helps keep our childhood memories alive, but enjoying a little positive nostalgia (as long as it’s not focused on fretting for the past and wallowing in regret), can also have considerable benefit for our psychological health;
Hearing the recollections of others can help fill the gaps in our own personal histories and validate our childhood experiences, making sense of ‘who we are’ and ‘why we are as we are’.
Connecting with others who have a shared identity and understand us, can encourage feelings of affiliation and belonging. Realising that we are part of a unique subcultural group can bring comfort, and help us feel less like ‘perpetual outsiders’ or ‘alone’.
Being reminded of, and re-living happy times can lift our mood and encourage a more positive outlook on life. Thinking back on a childhood filled with fabulous life experiences and adventures can’t fail to remind us just how fortunate us Army Brats are!