For whatever reason, I feared the empty nest. I started worrying about what I would be feeling a couple of years before I even dealt with it. I started reading a lot of books and talking to friends. Some would say, “just wait, it’s good”, or” it’s just another season of life.” Others told me how they lost their purpose and cried all the time.
Before we had children, we were happy with our lives working, socializing and volunteering. Having children definitely did change the choices I made and the way I spent my time, and I would do it all over again. But, that season is over and I’m welcoming this next season with open arms.
I raised my children to be independent—once they turned double digits, I was done doing their laundry….whoop! whoop! They were encouraged to get part-time jobs in school to understand the value of a dollar. Why should I feel bad that they were going to do exactly
what I had raised them to do? Leave the nest!
So empty nest, shempty nest!
I now have 2 extra rooms to use how WE want and I have not gone through any of the sadness that I thought I would. At first, I felt a little guilty about not feeling sad, but then started to accept the fact that I took my responsibility seriously, I gave my family my focus.. yes, I worked, but if my kids needed me, they came first.
Needless to say, my children and their future family (ohhhh I can’t wait for that!) will always be important to me, and I will always be here for them; however, just like I would not stop them from moving on with their life, I will not stop moving on with mine.
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