As I searched for a meaningful theme for today’s post, I thought about the life changing events that my fellow authors and I are experiencing. All of us are watching our youngest children become adults and are beginning the next chapter of our lives as empty-nesters and grandparents. That is awesome and scary.
Life is full of turning points- many of which are artificial, man-made milestones. Those are when we move from elementary school to middle/high school, turn 16 and begin to drive, graduate high school, turn 18 and become a legal adult, turn 21 and can drink alcohol, graduate college (for some), and get married and have children. For parents, the milestones begin again as we watch our children reach them.
When we were the same age as our youngest children reaching this milestone -empty nest and retirement becoming more of a reality than an abstract idea – this time seemed a million years in the future. It was the mid-90s and the idea of 2017 and grown kids was on par with alien invasions and Donald Trump becoming President.
So here we are – 20 plus years later and on the cusp of new chapters in our lives. We are excited, fearful, anxious, and most of all hopeful that the next 20 years will be as amazing as the last 20 plus were. We are all blessed – and we know it.