Even when we were kids life made sure we knew there was an order to things. As little girls we sat in the school yard and sang “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.” Now as adults many of us live our lives trying to keep in step with that tune, but what if you’d rather skip the baby and the carriage? We’re taught so early that life becomes complete when you have a family that for the most part we can’t imagine lifelong happiness any other way. Many of us can’t fathom being 65 with no kids or grandkids and to even suggest living that future seems taboo and unnatural. But does it have to be? There is no law that says you must have children in order to be happy and successful and there are plenty of people who are more than content living the childless life. Think about it, just as people find happiness as parents, childless people have tons to keep them happy as well. Freedom to come and go as you please, more disposable income, the chance to be a major influence in the lives of dozens of children, not just those in your home, the list could go on. Not having children doesn’t have to amount to a wasted, lonely life…but could it be the life for you?


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