"My wife and I have been married 16 years."
“Any particular reason?”
“I was just never sure I wanted to have a child. And I always thought that with a decision that big, it was better not to guess and be wrong. I’ve just always had this anxiety about fulfilling myself and accomplishing my dreams. I love kids, and I love my friends’ kids, but I just didn’t think there’d be room in my life for a child. Some of the parents I know think that not having a child is a selfish decision to make. But then again, a lot of those same people, after two or three beers, have told me that they envy my freedom.”
Staying very still in the darkness, I became less and less convinced of the fact that I actually existed.
—Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (via hellanne)
I promise I’ll love you forever
if you please just don’t make me
What I mean is, on some nights I miss you so much
that I never want to see you again.
—Ali Shapiro, excerpt from “If I Leave You Then Maybe I Won’t Have To Miss You So Much” (via hellanne)