I wrote this a while ago, but haven’t posted it yet, because of some personal details in the writing. I decided to just delete that part! If you don’t know me, you’ll have to use your imagination and insert your own storyline.
When I went to college, I attended a fairly small Christian school where the emphasis for women was very much to get engaged by graduation and married the following year. I saw many of my friends and acquaintances follow this path. I think the fact that sex outside of marriage was a big taboo also contributed to the marrying craze. =Dâ€¦DELETE CONTENTâ€¦The next 7 years I lived for myself. I donâ€™t regret that completely. Itâ€™s what made me who I am today. But there are a few things I wish I hadnâ€™t done. I traveled and saw the world, and that was amazing. I had opportunities my married friends have never had nor ever will have. I saw a lot of things. Some things I wish I hadnâ€™t seen. But there were good things too. I cultivated a career and furthered my education. I have no doubts that I could have â€śgone farâ€ť and been â€śsuccessfulâ€ť in the publicâ€™s eye.I work hard. Looking ahead, I saw myself in a few years as a successful single woman in my 30s living in the city with a wood-floored condo and a busy social life. But then I fell in love with a man Iâ€™d known for several years. I didnâ€™t expect it to happen. And then the unthinkableâ€¦I suddenly realized I wanted a child, and with that all the constraints of parenthood. So here I am. Iâ€™m a housewife and a stay-at-home mom. I change poopy diapers and cook dinner while other women go out and change the world. My opportunity is gone. Yeahâ€¦I may never again see the waves roll across an Australian beach or hear the busy tumult of an African market, but I wake up every morning to a sweet, toothless smile on my little boyâ€™s fat-cheeked face. And I have realized that is all I need.