EP034: Ann Sheybani on the delights of an empty nest, the importance of risk and the inevitability of suffering
Life has many seasons, and this week’s guest is ROCKIN’ her current season in life and loving her empty nest. Ann Sheybani is revelling in the time she now has to live life entirely on her terms, engrossed in what thrills her and setting off on countless adventures.
I loved our conversation about love and worry (spoiler alert: it’s not the same thing), how you can have it all, but NOT all at the same time. My favourite quote? “This superwoman thing is CRAP!” because we end up like we’re falling short all the time. Not good and so true.
When her children were young, Ann tried to shield her children from suffering as their father fell ill and eventually died. That’s when she learned the hardest lesson of all for a mother “you can’t save your kids from pain and suffering. You can’t control everything. The guilt and worry is totally a waste of energy and time. Do your best, trust that you’re doing your damndest, and give it up to god or whatever.”
Words to live by.
We meander through the quickest way to destroy a marriage and detour over to risk and its benefits for our kids before landing on some real nuggets of advice. Make sure you listen right to the end, because Ann’s wisdom is so, so valuable.
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If you’d like to learn more about Ann, check out her web site here.