Today was AMAZING! We attended the promotion ceremony for a friend of ours who was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, USN. Her ceremony was held aboard the USS Midway. There were over 200 people there. It was a gorgeous sunny day! As I watched her ascend to this amazing accomplishment I was overcome with emotion for her success.
Not only is this an amazing accomplishment, but especially because she is a woman and there are so few women at this rank in the Navy! The "dress" of the day called for dress whites and she had the choice of wearing slacks or a skirt. She went with the skirt. She looked incredible as she took the stage to address the audience. She is super slim and was "rockin" the dress white uniform. Trust me when I say that this is not an easy look to "rock"!
In the face of this historical accomplishment, why am I being so stereotypical and talking about fashion? It struck me that she was "representing" for all women and, as such, had amazing pressure on her shoulders! She was strong, composed and had an elegant command of the audience as she made her speech, focused mainly on thanking many people who had helped support her career over the years. And she looked GREAT! :-)
This is a bestie that I have known for over a decade. She and I have been together through thick and thin, literally! She is one of those people blessed with a naturally slim orientation. I know this because she loves to go to places that serve "endless fries" and will order extra ranch dressing for dipping her fries. Of course, I am on the opposite end of that spectrum! :-) She has been a wonderful supporter of mine and my healthy journey, even though she has the ability to consume a very different diet and stay skinny. And still I love her tons! :-)
But today was a day to focus on her, her amazing promotion and her place in history as one of a very few women to become an Admiral in the USN.
Desire to honor friends and their accomplishments. Dedication to supporting strong women. Discipline to watch someone else enjoy the "endless fries".