RQ: Why have kids?

When I was pretty young I had this perfect picture of what my life would look like in a couple of years. I would go to school, get good grades, go to uni, get a job, find a good man, get two kids and raise a cute little family. Along the years this picture is so dismembered that I can no longer see the two cute kids in it anymore. Life happened I guess.

So children. At the moment I know for sure I don’t want to have any kids. I am the sort of person who over thinks stuff and looks into the future all the way up until after I die. Weird, I know! Anyway, I have looked at how my future will potentially pan out without kids and I think I have accepted it for what it will be. Of course there are many reasons behind this decision but I won’t get into it now.

Why get kids? I have heard it argued that this will create your legacy; make sure your name lives forever. A good thing I think, but you can also have your legacy in the form of other things like the good deeds you did in your community or the many books you wrote. And why is it that we care for the legacy that we leave behind? Also, when you get to your days of old you will have a safe net; your kids will take care of you. They might even let you move in. Some say it is your duty to continue the chain of mankind; someone gave you life and it is only fair to pass on that very life to another. All valid reasons.

The question though is: how can we be mothers and fathers ourselves before we are kids?

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