It's been several years now since my kids left home for college or work, but seeing so many recent Facebook posts of back to school pictures and comments made me think back to my early years of being an empty nester. I've shared before that I was prepared to miss my kids and figured I would feel sad and perhaps a little lost for awhile. I was surprised, though, by some other feelings that showed up along the way.
I'm sitting in the doctor's waiting room, magazine in hand. The room is filled with people, but they're unnaturally quiet—so quiet I can hear the clock on the wall marking lost time...all the wasted life I'll never get back because I spent it breathing stale air in this crowded room.