Published at Friday, November 03rd, 2017 - 09:12:21 AM. . By Ashlee Ashley.
5. Empty nest: oh, the dreaded day when the last of your kids actually leave home to face the world on their own. After 18 plus years and a house full of memories, it’s suddenly quiet and empty…and foreign. Again, it’s like the phrase of “What do I want to be when I grow up” but this time you can call it “What will I do when my kids are all grown up”. Think about that for a moment. Consider the adventure that you can embark upon, whether it’s on your own or with your significant other. There are many opportunities…and usually more money available to spend. Check the internet to see what’s available. There has been an explosion of travel, business, recreation, causes, and even communities developed for people who find themselves to be empty-nesters. And many of them are writing about it, whether it’s through a blog, a book, or even letters. You will find many examples and many stories of Baby Boomers writing about the things that you are now going to be able to do…so join them and write!
3. Post-secondary and/or work: so we’re done high school and have to decide if we’re going on to university or if we’re going to start working right away. Back in our Baby Boomer days, university was a lot cheaper but usually left for those who were the “smarter kids” in school. Now, even though it is more expensive, there are many options for post-secondary and there are more attending. But think back to the excitement and unsurety of that time. The question of “what do I want to be when I grow up” was front and center on our minds (some of us still ask that to this day). Stepping out into the adult world, whether it was at school or at work, was a large step and often very fearfully made. Write about that! Let others, especially today’s teens, know that it has always been that way and always will be that way. The fears of making the wrong choice are just as real today as it was for us back then. Empathize through your writing and you will have others reading your pearls of wisdom and about how you survived.
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