This is mostly a blanket statement, ya know? There are plenty of well-adjusted and mature 30-somethings out there with no kids but by and large... that's not what I'm seeing.
Especially when other publications such as The New Yorker release pieces about throwing yourself a "not-having-a-baby shower".
Littered with gems like...
"Congratulations! You’ve decided not to have a baby! This is a huge milestone, and we want you to know that we—your friends and family—are here to support you."
"Then you’ll be able to look blissfully ahead to the next several decades of acquaintances wondering if you’re really “O.K.,” and whether having a thriving career while also being able to go on vacation whenever you want is truly making you happy. "
It's supposed to be a humor piece, but not satire. If I'm wrong, correct me. And this narrative continues to get pushed further and further down the throats of young people.
Even WaPo is in on it, with gems like...
"Women between the ages of 18 to 49 and men between 18 and 59 who said they are not parents were asked the question, “Thinking about the future, how likely is it that you will have children someday?”
In October, 26 percent of them said it is “very likely,” a six-point drop from 2018, when 32 percent answered “very likely.” Meanwhile, the share of Americans who answered “not too likely” in 2021 grew to 21 percent, compared to 16 percent in 2018.
When asked for a reason, 56 percent of childless adults who said it is not at all or not too likely they will ever have children said it’s because they just don’t want them. That’s a change from in 2018, when 63 percent of childless adults in these categories said it was because they had no desire for children."
Ultimately, for many people, having a child pushes you to become a better person and up until the last couple of decades, it was considered the norm. We wanted kids, they were the apples of our eyes, and so much more.
It's really starting to feel like people "behind the scenes" are pushing this narrative. A narrative that makes this more normal than it should be. And then you see so many 30-somethings and 40-somethings who like total jackasses. You would swear they were still teenagers were it not for that look of longing in their eyes and the wrinkles on their faces as they force a smile and pretend their lives are still somehow filled with meaning.
Yeah, I know... some of you don't have kids. That is OK honestly. But look me in the eyes and tell me you don't regret it, even a smidge.
I have friends my own age with no kids. These people go to Disney World alone, by themselves, at least 4-5 times per year. The whole thing is just bizarre to me.
Anyway, I think I'll STFU now because I'm rambling and could go on. Shoutout in the comments below and let me know what you think.
(it's a Cult of Death, IMO)