“I’m the last of my family.”

Gina, 53, USA

I’m an only child, and I had a horribly abusive father. He tormented me until I left home.

I’m the last of my family. If I’m being honest, part of me didn’t want kids because I didn’t want them to be subjected to him. I never once felt a maternal instinct, but now that I look back, maybe I was protecting any future generations by just not bringing them into existence.

I’m able to live my life as I choose. I’m able to go somewhere or do something at the drop of a hat. I was always told that I’d change my mind about having kids as I got older, but I never did. I’m happily childfree. I have no guilt about it whatsoever.