A funny thing happened on Saturday – I had no where to be.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I had been up early to board a 7am flight to Austin. During the trip I had worked through emails, paid for student photos (why, oh why, can’t I just pay for a digital version??), and tried to remember how to mix a podcast. I worked my laptop hard until the battery finally died. Switching back to my phone, I kept on until we landed.
Then, after a quick check in and change, I went to a local bike shop to rent a mountain bike. I filled up water bottles, grabbed a sandwich, loaded up a route, and started pedaling.
Stopping along the way to eat my lunch, I considered what had to be done before the conference started on Sunday afternoon, and realized…
I had nothing that needed to be done.
I had no where to be.
I had no one looking for me.
No one needed me.
It was weird. And left me feeling a bit melancholy as I considered the few years we have left before the kids fly out of our nest, when I assume I will have many more of these moments.
But it was also freeing.
And made me realize, that whatever we “lose” in the next phase, I will be okay.