I've been thinking about this empty nest thing all wrong.
I've been dreading this time of my life since my sons were born. Now that they are BOTH leaving the nest in August for different colleges out of state, I have been in a state of happiness, anxiety, fear, excitement and sadness. I explain it as the happiest and saddest time in my life.
The Spruce, has me getting excited about being and empty nester, that it's not a bad thing, but a new chapter for the whole family. I have been so wrapped up in my sons that I forgot I was an individual before becoming a mom.
Take a look at what The Spruce says we should be looking forward to "empty nesters" https://www.thespruce.com/wonderful-things-about-the-empty-nest-4036018