On July 5, 2012, we took our son to the US Merchant Marine Academy. This is my baby, and he left home 4 years ago for college, so I should have been used to the empty nest syndrome, but it hit me again when saying goodbye to him in NY. There he was, my 2nd child, age 22, going off for a new adventure and I wouldn’t be there to help him anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty to do. My daughter, age 26 is engaged, my mom, age 86, is coming to visit this week, and I have a husband who likes homecooking, cleaning, laundry done, and in addition, I teach art on a houseboat on Lake Lanier. I have lots of friends too, but I must admit, this empty nest thing is REAL….
So in the airport, I buy a book that might help me out of my funk…called, The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. My daughter squealed when she saw it. “I was going to buy that in the grocery store, but didn’t. Now I can just read your copy when you are finished.”
After reading this self help book for a while, I decided to start my own happiness experiements. After all, I had a degree in biology and had never really used it, although I always loved experiments. So today, I decided that I first needed to do some research on exactly how I would define happiness. Is happiness a laid back feeling? Being really busy so that you don’t worry? A state of bliss where you just float on a cloud? What exactly did I want to feel? What outcome did I want to have? So before I start my experiment, I need to define what happiness is for ME. Then I need to define my desired outcome, and the steps it will take to accomplish the desired outcome.