Over the years, in my huge document of No Kidding writing both published and unpublished, I have collected quotes that speak to me, and make me think about how we approach our lives without children, when once we might have hoped for something else.
A famous economist (whether or not you agree with his theories), John Maynard Keynes, points out that
"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."
Being open to the future, rather than clinging to the hopes of the past, is really what sets us up for a happy No Kidding rest of our lives. I can vouch for that. And I feel vindicated in this, as Charles Darwin reminds me that -
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor
the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change.”
We’re survivors. And we should be proud of that.