3 Important lessons I learned from this experience
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Most people who are at the later stage of life, is not as concerned about pursuing their dream even though some do, as those who are at an earlier stage of life.
What I’ve found is that most of what is said surrounding pursuing your dream, tend to cater to a one-size fits all mentality. This does not take into consideration certain facets of living that is unique to those who are in the midlife stage of life.
One of the areas has to do with living with or letting go of a grown child. By this I mean, having them move out on their own.
I have heard much about this from other parents who have had to do that but not much is said as to the emotional and mental aspect of this transition. I have been guilty out of ignorance, of making light of this process.
In the past, I have been guilty of quickly saying to parents who were wrestling with this transition, to think of the benefits that come with this move.
Granted, there are benefits such as one less mouth to feed, possibly a reduction in utility bills and more flexibility as to how to make certain decisions; one less person to include in the decision making process. There are also benefits for the adult child: independence, responsibility, decision making, etc.
Even though this is all true, when it comes time to pull the “trigger” on this, it becomes a different ball game; it is a bit harder than anticipated. This is more so, if that grown child is not a problem within the home.
In this episode, you will hear my own journey in this process as I too had to muscle my way through this very thing. I can say, even before you discover through listening, that it was not easy. I never thought I would have the reactions I did. You will hear what they were within this episode.