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Courtesy of Bill Waterson

I’ve come to the realization that we never really grow up and have everything figured out. No matter how old you are, you still have questions and issues and are trying to figure out your career and your life plans.

I have finally realized that my parents never had it all figured out. They weren’t “ready” when they had kids. None of the parents I’ve met were.

No one is really ready.

I want a child, and my husband and I plan to have one at some point in the future. But are we ready? Maybe, maybe not.

I suspect not. Everyone who has kids all seem to say that it’s completely different from what we expect, and so much more life changing and disrupting.

I’ve spoken to 60 year olds who have no idea what they are doing, 45 year olds who are still figuring out their careers, and 27 year old entrepreneurs who are still figuring out the ropes.

The only people who seem sure of their plans and have life figured out seem to be teenagers. I miss those days of being so dumb as to think I knew it all, and so damn sure of it.

Life seems to be a journey of figuring things out, asking questions, learning, and continuing to change perspectives and ideas.

Maybe no one is really ready for kids. But if you worry about what kind of parent you’ll make, and you’re scared of the responsibility, and you imagine a cool little mini-human to teach, then you’re on the right track.

We are ALL still figuring out life. It can be scary. But if it weren’t terrifying, then what would be the point? And what would be the fun in that?

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Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.”

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