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  1.  
  2.  1. Freedom to do what I want
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  4.  2. Ability to be spontaneous
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  6.  3. Travelling freely without burdens
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  8.  4. The constant noise
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  10.  5. The constant mess
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  12.  6. Needing to clean up after them and answer for their mishaps
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  14.  7. Ability to sleep as much as I need
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  16.  8. Ability to take naps whenever I need
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  18.  9. No dependency on caffeine. Unless that's what I want. Not a necessity
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  20.  10. No need to interact with other, often insufferable, parents
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  22.  11. No diaper budget
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  24.  12. No charges for kindergarten, school, further education
  25.  
  26.  13. No need to buy toys, clothes, all the other things you need to constantly replace and waste
  27.  
  28.  14. No need to (force) feed the kid
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  30.  15. No need to calm the kid when they're misbehaving in public
  31.  
  32.  16. Spending my free time doing things I love
  33.  
  34.  17. Spending my free time doing nothing at all, in piece and quiet
  35.  
  36.  18. Spending quality time with my SO
  37.  
  38.  19. Having sex in privacy, without needing to hide or worry about anything
  39.  
  40.  20. Going out more frequently, because I can afford it
  41.  
  42.  21. Buying nice things for myself (or for my SO)
  43.  
  44.  22. Hanging out with friends frequently
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  46.  23. Listening to music on speakers. My music, not kids' music.
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  48.  24. Being able to be my own person, without compromising.
  49.  
  50.  25. Knowing that I have full control of my body and nothing will destroy it from the inside
  51.  
  52.  26. The ugliness of pregnancy
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  54.  27. The horror of giving birth
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  56.  28. The numerous tears, rips and deformities that happen to you through the whole process of pregnancy and childbirth
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  58.  29. Needing to deal with all sorts of human body fluids and shit on a daily basis
  59.  
  60.  30. Risk of needing to puke daily yourself for the first trimester
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  62.  31. Losing contact with your friends because you no longer have time for them or your interests no longer match
  63.  
  64.  32. Losing the deep connection with my SO because of frustration that arises from being parents and tiredness of it all
  65.  
  66.  33. Not needing to worry about little demons destroying things in the house
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  68.  34. Not needing to keep everything precious locked or hidden away
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  70.  35. Not stepping on legos
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  72.  36. No need to drive or buy a car if it's just you and your SO. Unless that's what you want.
  73.  
  74.  37. Not needing to explain every little thing to them when they start talking
  75.  
  76.  38. Not being worried about them growing up to be bad people, or even evil people, regardless of what you do
  77.  
  78.  39. No need to pay for/choose post-school activities
  79.  
  80.  40. No need to push around a stroller/carry the kid everywhere and burden yourself/others
  81.  
  82.  41. The safety and piece of mind of my cats
  83.  
  84.  42. No need to worry about discipline, life lessons, having "the talk"
  85.  
  86.  43. Not being insufferable to others because of the kid's actions, and not feeling guilt attached to it
  87.  
  88.  44. Not needing to bring the kid anywhere and everywhere I go, or shell out money for a babysitter
  89.  
  90.  45. No need for babysitters in general
  91.  
  92.  46. Not passing on my bad genetics
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  94.  47. Not passing on my mental illness
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  96.  48. Not having to watch my own kid suffer and deal with life and their own demons
  97.  
  98.  49. Being able to take all my meds, without having to take a 9 month break
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  100.  50. Being able to drink alcohol responsibly
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  102.  51. Not being tied down for 18+ years and responsible for another human being
  103.  
  104.  52. Even when you are no longer responsible, it's not really acceptable to cut them out even if you dislike them
  105.  
  106.  53. Often, parents have to financially support them for many years or even decades
  107.  
  108.  54. No need to take countless pictures of the kid
  109.  
  110.  55. No need to share those pictures, often with people who don't want to see it
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  112.  56. Being able to go to nice restaurants
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  114.  57. Being able to cook for yourself, without making extra portions or extra meals because your kid doesn't like it
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  116.  58. Being able not to cook if you don't feel like it
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  118.  59. Not needing to clean up after them all the time
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  120.  60. Ability to just chill
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  122.  61. No need to ever worry about my fertility (other than ensuring lack of it)
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  124.  62. No need to pay $10k+ for fertility procedures that involve a lot of pain, hormones and might fail
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  126.  63. No need to ever worry about going through the process of adoption
  127.  
  128.  64. I believe it is selfish to have kids, and most do it for selfish reasons
  129.  
  130.  65. The world is going to shit
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  132.  66. There may be a war within their lifetime, and if there isn't, there will be many natural calamities
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  134.  67. I won't need to deal with the pain of my child being bullied, denied, hurt or mistreated
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  136.  68. I will not need to buy extra tickets for anything; theater, planes, the bus, anything at all
  137.  
  138.  69. No need to fear having twins or triplets. Let's not kid ourselves, these cases are never planned
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  140.  70. Not relying on your children to take care of you when you're old (that might flake) and making your own plans of retirement
  141.  
  142.  71. I'm still able to hang out with nieces\nephews, friends' kids and so on....if I want. I can always walk away from it
  143.  
  144.  72. Being able to have a job that lets you travel the world
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  146.  73. Being able to start a new degree at the age of 30, because why not
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  148.  74. Furniture in the house staying clean and free of body fluids
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  150.  75. No need to pay extra rent for an extra bedroom
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  152.  76. We -do- have an extra bedroom. We can afford one. It's the gaming room. I prefer that to babies any day
  153.  
  154.  77. Ability to grow plants and not having them destroyed
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  156.  78. No need to plan everything weeks in advance, because you have not only your schedule to take care of, but also your child's
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  158.  79. No need to child-proof anything
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  160.  80. I can stay out until 4am if I want to. I don't have any obligations to return to
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  162.  81. I can go out and walk/hike where I want, when I want, for as long as I want
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  164.  82. No need to have several washing machines and constant drying laundry because you're only doing your own
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  166.  83. Being able to play adult games like cards against humanity, or watch adult movies or shows without being worried they will hear or feeling guilty
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  168.  84. Being able to pursue a scientific career, or any demanding career and challenge yourself
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  170.  85. Not having to risk my marriage because of the endless stress and responsibility of raising another human being
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  172.  86. Not having to live up to their expectations. Only my own
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  174.  87. Living my best life
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  176.  88. Looking and feeling my best, for myself and my SO
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  178.  89. Being able to be immersed in a story (film, book, game...) for hours without interruption
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  180.  90. No risk of post-partum depression or psychosis
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  182.  91. If I have a breakdown, I can take time to heal and rebuild myself
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  184.  92. Not directly contributing to the toll humans have on the planet by making more
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  186.  93. Being as irresponsible or responsible with my body as I want
  187.  
  188.  94. The ability to adopt more animals if I want to, because I have the space, quiet and funds
  189.  
  190.  95. I can actually volunteer (and I have in the past) because my free time is mine
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  192.  96. No risk of giving birth to a baby with a disability and watch them live through life with that extra difficulty
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  194.  97. If I lose my job, it is easier to find a new one just by saying I have no kids
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  196.  98. Being part of a community of like minded CF people, who seem much smarter and more reasonable than an average parent
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  198.  99. It's probably the lack of stress, ability to research and all the other good things I listed above
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  200.  100. I had the time to make this entire list, because I didn't have to run any baby errands 😎
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  202. That was very therapeutic, thanks for reading ✰
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