Sunday, 17 September 2017
A New Chapter
Chapter 1 - Early childhood
Chapter 2 - The teenage years
Chapter 3 - Work and married life
Chapter 4 - Bringing up baby
Chapter 5 - Return to work and empty nest
Next weekend my only child leaves home to go to University in the West Midlands. I have started to prepare for this by getting back to employment in April this year and am now changing my eating habits and surroundings to reflect this change. I will miss him - there is no doubt about it.
Part of me doesn't want him to go but I know that he must. I want him to venture out into the world and take advantage of any exciting opportunities that may arise. His return home at Christmas will be all the sweeter for his prolonged absence.
As I have said, I have been preparing for this change in circumstance for a few months now. More recently I have been taking more interest in self care which has long been neglected. Weight has dropped significantly since I decided to eat only three meals a day and cut out the snacks. I walk at least an hour every day, have increased my leafy greens consumption and have Epsom salts baths to relax. I feel lighter in the body and sharper in the brain.
I don't want this chapter of my life to just be about work and am looking for ways to fill my leisure time. I haven't done anything 'crafty' for a while or been out to a see a play for years! Maybe my son's independent life will see me embracing a new found independence too!