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Offline haidyl

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Things I wished someone told me beforehand
« on: June 01, 2019, 04:19:32 AM »
Chances are that most of us almost find ourselves in this phase of life by default, despite doing all we can to stay 'prepared'. Suddenly the kids are out of the house and you have to get back to the kind of environment that existed before the kids came. Most times, that kind of shift can be overwhelming.

I wish someone talked to me about reassessing friendships sooner than later. It took us quite a while to get out of our cocoons and start rekindling old friendships. A reassessment would also have helped us avoid having to be forced into friendships of convenience.

What do you wish you did differently? Are there things you still yearn to do now?

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Things I wished someone told me beforehand
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Offline Layla

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Re: Things I wished someone told me beforehand
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2019, 06:00:50 AM »
We are still trying to rekindle friendships and trying to make new ones. It's tough as an adult! I wish I had started to branch out before my daughter left for college, too.

Though I knew it would be hard, I was not prepared for the overwhelming sadness and loneliness I felt (and still feel at times). Even if you try to prepare for the change, the reality is a hard pill to swallow.

Offline MomOfTwo

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Re: Things I wished someone told me beforehand
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 09:44:45 PM »
I think I've heard all the warnings and the guidance I needed when I was younger, so I can't think of anything that someone should have told me. What I wish right now is that I should have listened earlier to what my parents told me to avoid the pains I've experienced in my life.

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Offline cherie

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Re: Things I wished someone told me beforehand
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2019, 04:41:46 AM »
I relate to what you just said about reassessing or rekindling old friendships. It took us a while to get used to this phase (in the beginning). I agree that as adults, it can be hard to reach out to people that we lost touch with.

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Re: Things I wished someone told me beforehand
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2019, 10:33:59 AM »
Hello all! Iím a newbie here. I am actually 5 years into my empty nest. I am feeling stuck. I homeschooled my kids through graduation and so it kind of delayed my preparations for when they would all be gone and that phase of my life would end. A 20 year era of classes and teaching and adventure and rushing around to a screeching halt lol of course now all but one of my four are married and I have grands. I donít feel like I was prepared at all for what would come next! I wish someone would have mentored me to begin preparing for the next stage of life beforehand. It has been very hard. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Offline Jeanine

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Re: Things I wished someone told me beforehand
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2019, 04:46:57 PM »
Hi Nannalee1,  :welcome:  For some it does hit at odd times! Do you get to see those grandkids often? How old are they? Hopefully they are close by and can keep you busy? Sounds like you did a good job homeschooling them, I'm sure they appreciated it.


Do you and your husband have any hobbies that you like to do together or maybe even on your own? Travel maybe? Just things  you can do to keep yourself busy. I'm sure  you will adjust with time and it can take it for some of us so hang in there!


Thanks for posting and do feel free to come here as often as you like..... :039:

Offline Elizabeth

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Re: Things I wished someone told me beforehand
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2019, 03:22:39 PM »
Welcome Nannelee1, glad you found us and hope you come back for another visit. Don't know if you have read a lot of the post on the board but that might help as there is a lot of good 'advice' and support here and could help you in getting out of feeling 'stuck'. :(


As Jeanine mentioned, you might want to try and find some new things to do with your husband and maybe even on your own.  Gets hard when we feel like we are stuck so might have to just keep working on it! Hope you get to visit with your grandkids alot, they can usually keep you very busy.


Hang in there!

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