I find this article fascinating - and something I can (partially) relate to.
I’ve never had an overwhelming urge or need to have kids. My husband, on the other hand, has wanted to start a family for the majority of our 8 years together.
It used to be a mental health thing that stood in our way, but money + time have always been major factors as well.
Thankfully, my family has never pressured me to have kids or even get married.
My husband + I tentatively plan on getting pregnant in 2016 or 2017 (for various reasons I won’t go into). We were thinking about doing it this year, but I have chosen to pursue my Yoga career full-time.
As I’ve gotten older (I turn 28 this year), the idea of having a kid (JUST ONE!) certainly intrigues me, + my husband would be a spectacular father, but personally, I’m just ambivilent about the whole endeavor.
For me, helping people via Yoga is immensely satisfying. I understand the “need” to carry on our human species via reproduction + child-rearing, but I think countless other people are doing a wonderful job of that already (and some are doing a terrible job, but that’s a whole other issue).
I’ve heard that having a child is the “ultimate expression of love for a couple” - ouch. I’d beg to differ.