I'm female and don't want to have kids ever as I have a fear of pregnancy and would just hate having something inside me for 9 months, I don't even cope well with periods. Another reason is that with me not being all that far off 30 now I won't have a decent career and income sorted till my mid 30's. I enjoy sports and setting myself goals and know that I won't be mentally ready to raise a child till over 40, therefore it will be too late. I quite like the idea of raising a child though later in life, maybe adopting when I'm in my 40's though (whether I'm single or with someone) and have a good income.
The thing is though I worry about being lonely in old age. Obviously I can't just have a child so that it will provide company/look after me lol this is considered selfish, but you can't really beat having a good family around when you are old. I've seen it with my own family, I've no idea how my gram would have coped without her 3 daughters, 2 who were nurses, to look out for her and be her advocate when she was in hospital. The NHS is big on empathy and providing quality care in its paperwork, but in reality this is not always demonstrated in its practice. There's a lot of miscommunication, staff not really caring due to high workload and some poor practice (not neccasarily deliberate). I have seen this with several family members. So I guess I was wondering what the best thing for someone childless to do in order to try and ensure they have some sort of company/advocate in old age. I'm an only child too so no brothers and sisters just 2 cousins, when my parents are gone I'l have no one. . I don't know why this plays on my mind but it does.
Worried about being lonely in old age.
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