Make most of every moment - dive into pool of opportunities

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  • By Kati Molloy
  • 18th Wing commander's spouse
One of my favorite T-shirts sports the phrase, "Wherever you go, there you are."

I'm a big believer in "blooming where you're planted" and in taking advantage of the many opportunities each new assignment presents.

I'm good at "arriving" and getting plugged in. Leaving -- well, that isn't my strong suit. I have to remind myself that mentally checking out early is not an option. I want to finish strong - to stay in the game as long as there is time remaining on the clock, but I have to be deliberate about it.

My husband on the other hand has never been one to waste a single moment -- whether leaving or arriving. For example, he recently took up scuba diving. It has been on his Okinawan "bucket list."

I marvel at the tenacity he displays in realizing his goals. Not that scuba diving is such an elusive or unrealistic goal, it's just that he has embarked on this new quest within the last month. Did I mention we are permanently changing stations in less than a month?

He has yet to get his feet wet, so to speak, spending his coveted spare moments poring over his dive manuals, but I know that day will dawn, and he'll emerge triumphant from the waves.

I love his attitude. His approach to life is like a spectacular cannon ball jump into the pool. Following his example encourages me to continue to make the most of the time I have left of our tour here.

Instead of sitting on the edge dipping my toes in the water, I'm diving in! No time like the present to make a big splash. Whether coming or going, come on in - the water's great!