Marriage. That word is filled with commitment and apparently, a lot of hard work. But here’s the thing. Say, you no longer love or even like your spouse. You can cut the ties and get a divorce. And you never have to see them again, especially if there are no children. Ah…children. Which brings me to the point of this post.
Children. That word is filled with more commitment than any marriage certificate ever could. You see, every time you lay down with someone in bed, ready to make whoopie without protection, aside from possible diseases, you’re potentially creating something that could tie you to this person for the rest of your life! Do you hear me? THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!
So ask yourself…Do I really like this person that much? Now I’m pretty sure some of you are like, “Well, I wouldn’t be having sex with them if I didn’t at least like him/her.” To which I say, I’ve been in a relationship that if I dug really deep, I would’ve said “I don’t even really like you. You’re kind of an asshole.” And I know I’m not the only one this has happened to. You get so caught up in the idea of love than actually being in love with this person. You want the relationship to work so badly that you ignore the fact that you don’t even really like the person all that much. Just so you don’t have to say you’re alone.
Then you think that having a baby will make it better. Or maybe you “accidentally” get knocked up. Though honestly, there’s no such thing. Unless he slipped you a roofie and had sex with you without your knowledge. Whenever we sleep with someone without a condom or any form of birth control, you’re playing Russian Roulette with your uterus. Anyway, I digress. So then you get prego. Now, no matter what happens in your relationship, you’re stuck with this person for life.
If you break up? Birthdays. Holidays. Graduations. Weddings. Grandkids. The list could go on and on. All these major life events, milestones, and celebrations will have to be shared with that person. And if one or the other decides to disappear to leave the other with all the responsibility of the child, then no, you don’t have to deal with them for the rest of your life…physically. But even if they’re not there, every time you look at that child you’re going to see his/her features or mannerisms. Or just plain and simply remember the presence of this person almost every day because you had a child with them. Or see the hurt in your child’s face when mom or dad isn’t there for all those life events. So instead of annoying you with their presence, they annoy you with their ghost.
I’ve seen enough people turn up their noses at their exes/baby mommas/baby daddies with a look of “What was I thinking?” to know that this situation is not ideal. So please, think to yourself, “If I were to break up with this person for whatever reason, would I be okay seeing them for every holiday, birthday, or milestone in my child’s life for the rest of my life?” If the answer is no, then you know what to do.