I bumped into a good friend in the store the other day and and we got to chatting about our kids. She was telling me about her youngest going off to college and becoming an “empty nester”. I asked her about what she planned to do with her “extra” time. (By the way she is very busy, motivated person and won’t have trouble filling the time). She wasn’t too sure but had a couple ideas. I then said “the great think is when you have lasts you immediately have firsts.” Lasts in this case meaning the last time you volunteer in your child’s art class, the last time you take and pick them up from soccer practice, the last conversation about the dance they just attended, you get the picture. While we might be nostalgic about these events, the great thing is they will be replaced with Firsts. The first time you’ve slept in on a Saturday in 12 years, the first time you took a guitar lesson in the evening, the first time you woke up with no plan for the day. So enjoy the lasts and make them as great as they can be, and look forward to the Firsts with great anticipation and an open mind, you may or not know what they’ll be.
If you would like to share a “last” and what the “first” was to follow, please write about it in the comment area.