I saw this book at B&N on Monday. And honestly - I was afraid to even pick it up (so I didn't).
I'm afraid my empty nest vision might be far from reality. I'm planning to retire (with 27 years of service) about the time Sara goes to college. So probably a few years away from being real "empty nesters" but close. Two life changes happening at the same time.
As the retirement date gets closer, I start to think more about "life after work"...seriously.
Things I'm looking forward to:
*Grocery shopping on a weekday, before 3:00 pm.
*Not thinking about "can I take this day off?" ... ever again.
*Working out more. Playing tennis. Playing golf. Making dinner.
*Having time to learn new things (photography?, drawing?, french?, cooking?) and time to reflect.
*Getting up in the dark less.
*Getting more life accomplished during the week (instead of just on the weekends)...but lately I've been doing more of this anyway.
*Keeping up with my family and friends (knowing what's going on in their lives, not missing birthdays, planning - and keeping - dates).
...and to be fair, things that scare me (a little):
*Having too much time on my hands (I'm scary when I'm bored).
*Not having anything interesting to say at dinner with Marc, or maybe even when I'm talking with my friends.
*Getting too interested in my kids' lives - must let them go!
*My body - not being able to work out or play tennis or play golf.
*Finding out that the things I'm looking forward to simply don't make me happy... can't imagine that the saying "be careful what you wish for - you might get it" isn't based somewhat in fact.