These are comments by Phil, Pursuit Ace, and Sabrina on the post “The Childfree Life“.
“I’m a 45 year old straight man, and decided at 19 I’d never get married or have kids. Unlike the author, I’ve never felt anything that remotely feels like regret. I have a dog and a pet snake. Sometimes to be funny I tell people, with a very straight face, ‘The dog is not a replacement for having a kid. It’s the snake the replaces having a kid.’ LOL”
Pursuit Ace said:
“I agree completely that too many people have children for little or no reason. It’s also an interesting development in our society that so many people really don’t like kids. Me on the other hand … kids are the greatest thing on the planet. So much better than adults. I’d have to find something else to live for without them.”
“Life is short, and ‘Cause that’s just what you do!’ is just about the worst reason to do anything. Looking back (and around, as I see people doing this all the time), I find it stunning that so many of us make these kinds of momentous life choices in such a mindless– as in, not mindful– manner. But we do, and it’s no wonder many of us are quietly miserable as a result. Some say it’s selfish to choose to go against the grain (not have kids, etc.), but I agree that it’s much worse to do things that don’t actually feel right, and then drag other people through your subsequent misery.
“Which is all a long way of saying, thanks for publishing this, and for having the courage to live the life that works for you, not just the one that makes sense to other people. Living your truth, and putting it in print, presents that possibility for others, which helps us all make better choices and live freer, better lives.”
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