I know. It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. So where have I been, you ask?🤔 I’ve been on an Empty Nest Journey!✈️🚞🛳
I’ve been taking advantage of one of the benefits of the Empty Nest: the ability to travel on an Empty Nest journey without worrying that you need to get a babysitter, arrange carpools, leave instructions, etc.👏
If you’re like me, and you love to travel, it’s time to leave that Empty Nest and get going. You don’t need to go far just to get away. Maybe a roadtrip to the next town or the next state.🚙 Maybe a train trip across the country. 🚞 Maybe a flight near or far.✈️ Maybe a cruise.🛳 Just getting out of the Empty Nest and going someplace new changes your mood and perspective, and makes you appreciate this wonderful world.🌎
An epic adventure with my son
This Empty Nest journey, for me, was truly special. It was a birthday present for my middle son, who turned 30 during the trip! You see, not only does my son not live with me anymore, but he’s been living on the other side of the world for the past 7 years!
So we rendezvoused in Milan, Italy and took a cruise from Venice. It was epic!!! What made this Empty Nest journey extra special was being able to explore the world with my husband and son. I soaked up every minute with my son, all the while marveling at the amazing man he has become.
A much-needed break from a very stressful year
As you may know, the past year has been personally very difficult and stressful for me. In the midst of having to reconstruct part of our house because of mold, my mother passed away in March. Then, in April, my youngest son spent a week in the hospital with pneumonia. My mother-in-law passed away in June. My middle son spent 5 days in the hospital in Israel in July. And my day job (lawyer) got even more busy and stressful. I desperately needed an Empty Nest journey.
And what a fabulous Empty Nest journey I got!!! But most of all, what I experienced was utter joy. Every day was a wonderful adventure. Every meal was a celebration. Every moment was appreciated and savored.
Empty Nest Reimagined
And, perhaps, that’s really the point. Yes, we miss our kids terribly when they leave the nest. That ache never really goes away. But the empty nest also provides us with a chance to truly savor and enjoy the time we get to spend with our adult children. To be present in a way we never really could when we were in the swirl or carpools, homework, activities, etc.
So, take your own Empty Nest journey and savor those moments. Find joy in the Empty Nest journey, and savor the opportunity to truly appreciate the wonderful souls whom we raised to adulthood.