I have known since 9 years old I did not want kids. I started working when I was 13, I was a tomboy, didn’t play with dolls. More or less I’d rather be building forts, fishing, frogging and playing baseball… my goals as a teenager were to work full time and travel whenever possible. I have been successful in achieving that.
I never wanted kids and yet was met with criticism, accused of being selfish etc etc. I actually feel not everyone has to help populate the earth… we have many doing that already. I also feel the world has turned crazy. My response to others when they ask if I have kids or why don’t I have kids… is I just didn’t want kids. Whereas the response is usually “Oh well, at least you know you are selfish…” ( WTH?!) I look at is as, “No I am not selfish, I actually wouldn’t bring a child into such an uncertain world. Now who is being selfish for doing so?”
Not wanting or having kids has gain me some unwanted or requested responses, almost like some outcast to society. But there again I am not demanding or expecting society to pay for any of my offspring. Sorry for the blunt description of my life choices, but I have been exposed to decades of criticism and judgment for not wanting or having kids.