This is a post inspired by this article found over here on Blisstree, which really spoke to me. While right now I’m 22 and yeah, I guess I’m childless by choice, so are most 22 year-old women. I’m not married, not dating anyone, not financially stable, blah blah blah, I should not have kids right now. But the bigger question is, will I ever have kids?
For most of my life I thought, of course, people aren’t fulfilled unless they have children/spouses to share their lives with! But after growing up a little, I’m realizing that this is my parents view, and it doesn’t have to be mine. (Excluding the irony that if it hadn’t been their view, I wouldn’t be here to have my own view.) After discovering a lot about myself, especially that I care a whole heck of a lot about the planet, I’ve really struggled with the idea of children.
What I always come down to is: I love my life.
I love it right now. I love that I have endless possibilities (hi, did I mention I’m 22?) and that every day is full of opportunities that I can reach for. I love all of my hobbies, I love doing whatever I want during my free time and I love being super independent. I love that I have a job, but I love that if I wanted to quit, there wouldn’t be a whole lot stopping me. Honestly, sometimes I feel trapped because I have cats. Cats! If I feel confined because I have cats, I really should not have children. Also, I’m an environmentalist, and having a baby (especially an American baby) is the worst thing you can do to the planet.
But this isn’t about that, because realistically, I don’t trust myself to not change my mind. And that’s the point, I know that I am indecisive. You know how I know? Because I live with me every single day, and have for 22 years.
It’s really that simple, we need to trust people to know themselves! It’s not rocket science to say that I probably know myself better than anyone, even a doctor or a parent.
So when it comes to people who know that they don’t want kids and know that they’re not going to change their minds, we should respect that as much as we respect that they know any other little detail about themselves.
You wouldn’t ask a grown man to try broccoli after he specifically says he doesn’t like it, would you? Would you tell him to wait it out, he’ll probably change his mind? No, you wouldn’t.