I don’t want children, and that’s okay. I’m 26 years old, and I’ve been thinking about this for nearly a decade. There’s just one problem with being 26, single, and choosing not to have children. Dating. I don’t want children, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be in love. So, I’ve made up my mind… Well, now what?
I Don’t Want Kids. What Does This Mean For My Love Life?
This really came into perspective for me when I started realizing that my relationships slowly started ending for the exact same reason. First, they were the basic disagreements, cat person, dog person, he flips the toilet paper UNDER the roll, whatever. That’s life. Then, slowly, as I got older… I became… undatable? We’d be together for a while, and eventually the conversations pointed towards the future, and then “if we ever had a kid…” became “when we do have kids…” and I’d have to drop an atomic bomb on the relationship. You wanna know what’s not totally the bomb? Breaking up with someone you love because you’re the monster who doesn’t want kids, and you wasted everyones time.
I’m the type of girl who goes out with a guy, and within the first three dates I’m wondering if this guy is the one. I mean, I haven’t decided that he is, but I’m wondering… what if…? What if we date for a few months, and then a few years, and then the rest of our lives? Then my mind starts to melt. In all of those scenarios, I don’t see children. I see work, and travel, even a farm full of animals… but no kids… and I start to panic.
God… what if this gets serious? Am I going to be stuck in the same loop forever? First date, second date, relationship, love, hope, the talk, the breakup, sadness, depression, rinse and repeat? I don’t want to go through this again, it hurts. Every. Single. Time. I can’t keep doing this to myself. Now what am I supposed to do?
I can’t just open conversations with single men like, “Hey! I think you’re super cute, I’d like to get to know you, oh, and do you want kids?” Talk about creepy. So I have to get out there. I have to get to know guys, and put myself back in the game. The hardest part for me is getting my hopes up. I used to be the kind of girl who saw what she wanted and took it, and now I have this whole other life to consider before I let my emotions get the best of me.
To top it all off, I’ve even dated guys who want children, and tell me they love me SO much that they would give that up just to be with me… and you know what happens? Overwhelming guilt. I see them looking at couples with children, smiling at kids, helping little ones tie their shoes, and I’m like.. God. I’m robbing this man of the opportunity to be a father. What have I done? Eventually, that one falls apart too.
I have finally begun starting the conversation about kids earlier than usual, so that neither of us becomes too attached before it’s too late. I mean, it’s better to look like a crazy person, than wind up down the road with two broken hearts, right? I’m right, right? This is honestly the best course of action that I can think of. I mean, I don’t jump right into it after a week, but two weeks seems decent. This way at least we can figure out if we even like each others company first, and neither of us really have our hops up yet.
Seriously, though… I wish there was an easier way for women like me to meet men with similar interests. Is there an app for this? Please let there be an app for this.