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5 Women Share the Bright Side of Empty Nesting

By Lauren Krouse
October 10, 2022

Becoming an empty nester is a phenomenon that’s often wrapped up in negativity. The name alone suggests loneliness and lack of purpose. But is that the reality?

It’s true that watching your adult children go off into the world marks the beginning of a major life change—and you’re allowed to have complicated feelings about that. If you struggle with feelings of loss or a bit of an identity crisis, you’re not alone. While empty-nest syndrome isn’t an actual diagnosis, it does describe a common response to the situation, per the Mayo Clinic.

But this isn’t the only story out there. Many empty nesters say they find their situation deeply freeing. With fewer parental duties, you can open yourself up to exciting new possibilities for your own life, relationships, and dreams.