I’m not “much too young to feel this damn old“, quite the contrary – I might be too old to feel this damn young!
In just four short days, I am taking a 24 hour road trip – 500 miles roundtrip to be exact – to see my favorite country music singer of all time – Garth Brooks. Some may say “Are you crazy? Why go all that way? He’ll come back here one day.” To them I say “If something sounds like the right thing to do, you do it.”
I have dreamed of seeing Garth perform since belting out “Friends in Low Places” in a bar I wasn’t supposed to be in because I was underage. I have thought about it every time I play his music. It was never the right time…kids too little, no extra money for concert tickets, no one to go with me…the list goes on and on. I will admit, I wasn’t much of a concert-goer in my early days but now, one of the many exciting things about empty nesting is that if something strikes you, you go for it. There’s no one waiting for me to pick them up, no one waiting for me to tuck them in, no one needs my undivided attention except for me. The weekends are mine, vacation days are mine, sick days are mine. It’s my time to do the things that I want to do.
In this journey of self-discovery, I have felt younger every day. I have re-discovered or discovered what I love and what makes me happy. Each and every experience in my journey has breathed a new life into me; a refreshing breath.
As lonely as an empty nest can be sometimes, there are so many things to fill your time…all you need to do is look, explore, and take a chance. Be ready to just get up and go; what do you have to lose?