By the end of my kid’s high school and college careers, Dale and I had burned out. We wanted nothing more than to stay home and relax and not have to go to another event, meeting or fundraiser. We were always pleased that our kids were involved in so many activities. It kept them busy and out of trouble, but it also kept us busy. So, when it came to a screeching halt, no more activities requiring our attendance or attention, it left a bit of a hole. At first, it was AMAZING, I’m not going to lie. Our new found freedom! Our recovered free time! Our ability to binge watch Netflix! It was all so great. But as time went by we needed to find ways to fill some of that extra time other than sitting on our butts on the couch every night. We still do plenty of that, but we also found that we now had time for things like hobbies…hobbies that were our own and not our kids! We also found that having something to plan and look forward to was so enjoyable! For a year we planned a vacation together. Our first big cross country motorcycle vacation. The planning was fun and really filled some of the long, cold winter nights here in Iowa. The trip was AMAZING!
This year we have several things to look forward to and plan for. Our oldest son, who lives in Seattle is getting married in May! We are so excited about it and can’t wait to welcome the first girl (other than me and the dog) into the family!! They will be married outside of Las Vegas in Valley of Fire State Park. Later in the summer Dale and I are hosting a reception in their honor back here in Iowa. So, there is a lot of planning going on around here as well as some super cool crafty projects being undertaken that I will write about in a different post. Also on our list of things to plan for is another motorcycle trip. This time, we plan to head in a different direction, southeast. We will go through the Smokey Mountains and eventually end up at my brother and sister in law’s in Atlanta, or maybe even their beach house on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
We are also looking way ahead for things to get excited about, like grandchildren, retirement, downsizing, more travel, etc. You get the picture. When you are feeling down, find something that you can look forward to. It really can change your whole attitude and help you see that the empty nest is never empty…it’s always full of possibilities!
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.