So you already know today’s my birthday, since most of you are on Facebook. When I was little, a birthday was cause for celebration because I wanted to get older. And I wanted to get older because I wanted freedom. And then I wanted respect. And gradually, a birthday was a cause for celebration simply because I’d managed to survive another crazy year on this earth.
This year, though?
I feel total terror.
I pretty much feel like the rest of my life, all my future possible happiness and worth as a human being, rides on how much money I make and what I manage to do in this next year—all so that I can have kids.
No pressure or anything.
I am so terrified, I can’t tell you.
Don’t Get Pregnant was drilled into me from a very early age, so somewhere along the line, I guess I got the idea that it was wrong, bad, something I should avoid at all costs. And being sick for a decade in my twenties never gave me an opportunity to question this.
I hate that I missed that decade. I’m ten years behind!
And marriage? My father drilled into me that I shouldn’t get married before I was thirty. And so I never went for it.
So here I am, thirty-freakin-eight, late to the game, and I took way too long to realize I wanted these things quite a lot.
I suppose if I have children now, I have a good fifteen years of experience of teaching and watching kids grow up. And I’ve done a lot of living, so I can’t help but hope that will make me a better mother.
Part of me keeps thinking that I need to explore and consider what I want to do if I don’t end up having kids. If I don’t meet the one and get married, I can bear that, but I’m not sure I could bear not having kids.
But backup plans have never been my thing. For me, a safety net would be the same as planning for failure.
I spent a lot of time this summer exploring myself and exploring Tucson. It was wonderful, but this year is just heads-down and work.
Terror has its uses. It’s good fuel for productivity.
What was your most terror-filled birthday? How’d your year after that work out?