So a few days ago, I received this email from a listener:
I’ve been listening to the podcast since December and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s inspiring to hear someone who isn’t afraid to open up about the stuff they go thru and speak on their issues with depression.
I too am someone who has struggled with depression throughout my life, and I fear that soon it will be at an all-time low. My only daughter is graduating high school at the end of the month (OMG) and will be headed off to college in the fall. My husband and I have never had an empty nest before! I know this is something that a lot of people go through, but I’m just afraid that it will hit me very hard and I don’t know if I’m ready for that.
Just wanted to share this with you, keep up the good work and thanks for what you do!
– Cindy from Pleasant Prairie”
Thanks for reaching out, Cindy!
First off, congratulations on your daughter graduating from high school! As emotional as that may be, it’s definitely something to be proud of as a momma.
Secondly, I’m sorry to hear that you struggle with depression. Speaking as someone who has dealt with depression for years, I know how it can bring everything in your life to a screeching halt.
Both of my kids still live at home right now, so I can’t completely relate to the feeling of having an empty nest (my daughter will be graduating high school in a couple years so I’ll know how that feels soon). However, I do know what it feels like to go through big life changes and to experience the fear that comes with it. As I’ve talked about on the podcast, I’m recently divorced and have had to adjust to living the single mom life. I can’t tell you how scared I was at the thought of raising my kids by myself, and depression of course makes those feelings 10X worse.
Try to remember that even if she’s away at school, she’s still your daughter and you’re still her mom. Some days will be rough, but that’s why God invented vodka! All joking aside, this could be a great time for you to get out and spend more time with friends. Being a full time mom for so long can make people forget what it’s like to live without kids (it’s a lot of fun!) As far as the depression goes, just try and take things one day at a time, that’s how I get by. Figure out who your tribe is, and lean on them when you need it most.
Thanks for being a part of the Fearlessly Authentique community, and keep being fearless!
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