Am I having separation anxiety? What the heck is happening to me?
A mom called this morning attached to her Kleenex box, “I can’t make it to work today because I can’t stop crying. What is going on?”
She just dropped her daughter off at college.
I think the excitement, anticipation, and anxiety, all add to the exhaustion and tears of saying goodbye.
We just think we can be and do it all so when those tears flood and collapse us, we want to get reasons to get out of the sorrow. We also want to know for sure that we are not alone and these tears are “normal”.
If I had a magic wand I would wave it for three wishes:
1. It is ok to fall apart, be vulnerable, and awkward on the journey of letting go and finding our new selves.
2. Poof, we are all sitting with blue colored cashmere blankets, warm green cups of tea, buttery scones and chocolate chip cookies, vanilla candle burning, as we sit in a retreat lodge by flowing water sharing our stories.
3. We have ongoing support to take tiny risks in our new roles of life and transform through the joys and challenges of this major life transition called empty nest.
What wishes do you have and where do we find those magic wands I need to bring us all together?
Branching out to you,
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