So much of my time and energy right now is spent on them and their school - I drive them around, feed them, talk with them, and generally make sure they’re doing what they need and want to do. I volunteer each week at their school, serving on committees and the PTA board, and helping to run events.
In fact, I was thinking earlier this week that parenting them really is my "job" right now. I'm blessed to be able to say that, but I do have some mixed feelings about it as it relates to identity. But that's for another post.
When I look ahead to 2025, when my youngest graduates from high school, I see all this time that needs filling in a way that will keep me happy and healthy.
I think a lot about going back to work, and obviously, additional income would be great to pay for college. I'm just not sure what I’d do. I’m not even sure I still want to be a lawyer. I think about taking classes, and in fact, I registered for an online class at UCLA Extension. We’ll see how it goes.
I think about getting out of the house. Right now, even though I work at home, I get plenty of adult interaction because I’m so involved at school. But obviously that will change once my youngest goes off to college.
I think about getting a dog, especially if I'm still working from home. But as my husband keeps reminding me, a dog will hinder travel plans, and I do like to travel.
Do you have any advice for how to prepare for an empty nest?