I never felt like I wanted children. For awhile, I found it odd that I felt that way and it led to a lot of reflection on my part. Was I really not going to have children? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that various aspects of me are not compatible with the job. Coupled with my lack of desire, I felt it was the right way to go. I personally do not think the path of parenthood is for everyone and I think it is a decision that requires more thought than most people give it. If you have the right stuff to do the job and you really want it, it is probably pretty great, but if not, you will be stuck living a life you can no longer change.
People like me are called ''childfree'', though personally, I really do not make this decision a major aspect of my identity. I wrote this book because I thought it could help people who are unsure about whether they want children -- a decision that impacts our lives in a way few other ones do -- and offer guidance and support to others who have made the same choice as me. My little foray into this world has led me to discover that a lot of people who decide not to have children face difficulty in their lives in myriad ways ranging from inappropriate questioning to downright condescension. I hope what i have written can help navigate all of this a little better and reduce the insecurity they may feel from making a choice that everyone is constantly telling them is wrong.
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