After all my complaining yesterday, most of which came to mind at 1:00 a.m. when I woke up for no reason and could not go back to sleep, I leaned toward more grateful thoughts when I woke up in the morning, and instead considered what a blessing it is that I have enough choice in the matter to even be able to contemplate, weigh, and choose the advantages, disadvantages, and life changes of having children.
There was a not-so-distant time in human history where reproduction seemed close to inevitable, but science, technology, and the free market have created the present world in which I live, which allows me to have a choice.I have access to multiple forms of highly effective types of birth control, and abortion if required. If I wanted, I could live an unfettered life in which my career, love life, travels, conveniences, and everything else in life, are not impacted by children. If I wanted.
Having the choice leads to agonizing over-analysis, but it’s still better than the alternative.