This lines have not been written by me.It's been pretty viral on Facebook and it made me think. Literally pause and think.
Undoubtedly, beautiful words, heartfelt emotions and just so TRUE.
Then what's the discomfort?
It's painful and unfortunately unavoidable. The nest one day will be empty.
Can you prepare for it? NO.
Can you ensure it doesn’t pain? NO.
What can you do? Make the best use of your time RIGHT NOW and know that every phase of LIFE (and not only MOTHERHOOD) brings itself two companions- a longing for the past and worry for the future. Seeing our teenagers, we will yearn for our babies, seeing the adult we will miss our teenagers, once they get married, we will miss all the years they spent with us. WE ARE GOING TO MISS come what may. I have often heard my mother in law get nostalgic over the days when all her three teenage sons ensured her 24 hours were utilized well in the kitchen cooking, how much she loved/hated it then and misses it now. J
Just the way we miss our school days and college days, as we progress through our age, these two companions steal from us the beauty of living in the present. The past keeps pulling you back to how good it was and the future towards fear and worry.
It's difficult but that doesn’t change the truth. The nest will get empty no matter how many times you kiss your child right now. What you can warrant is that the nest is never empty of emotions. You can ensure that when you look at the nest you don’t feel regret about anything. The empty nest should give you satisfaction for all that you could manage to do, forgiveness for all that you couldn’t and peace by seeing the abundant emotions residing peacefully. Time doesn’t fly. I wonder why people say that? It’s just with our children, when we see them grown up, we find it difficult to relate. 20 years is a long time and we were busy parenting. It didn’t fly. The clock kept ticking at the same pace it was when you were growing up. Why does it seem like flying? Because we love our children and the time we spend with them. I have never seen time flying when I am stuck up in a rotten relationship. Happiness gives us the feeling of it being short lived and sorrows of being never ending. If you feel time flew.... I am happy for you for it only shows your happy life.
Try not to lean on your child for all your emotional needs. Attachment is inevitable but dependence can be and should be managed.
Most importantly, engage yourself in productive work that adds meaning to your life beyond your child. You can be gainfully employed or voluntarily working ; spending your time wisely and efficaciously will make you look beyond your motherhood and help you cope with your empty nest.
Your child came through you and not from you. Your job was to give him wings to fly and not to make him tied to you. He will remain emotionally attached to you... nobody can take away what belongs to just you and him. The bond is truly a blessing but you don't want to tie him down either. Do you?