Nobody said parenting was easy or fun
You are now the sole proprietors of a living, breathing, helpless, tiny human
This small creature will test you in every conceivable way
It will test your patience
It will test your vigilance
It will test your endurance
It will test your self control
When it is small
You will come face-to-face with the ugliest parts of yourself
You will be screamed at and shit on while sleep deprived
You will be relied on to protect innocent life while you are at your weakest
When it is slightly bigger
You will be on 24/7 suicide watch as your baby tries every creative form of self-mutilation it can stumble into
You will still be screamed at and shit on while sleep deprived
You will have to provide clothes, and food, and health care for it
When it is really starting to grow up
You will be challenged at every turn
Everything you think and feel will be called into question
You will occasionally still be screamed at and shit on while sleep deprived
You will come face-to-face with your bad habits when it mirrors everything you say or do
You will have to decide what your goals are in caring for this small human
What will you teach it
How will you help it learn how to be safe and healthy and not a criminal some day
Will you try to make it think like you do, believe what you believe, love and hate the things you do?
This whole time, you will still be in charge of:
Providing emotional stability
Caring for it’s physical needs
Not hurting it or ruining it forever
When it is fully grown
Sooner than you would like to think, this baby will become a real person
Somebody with thoughts and opinions and feelings and desires of their own
Are you going to be okay with them turning out differently than you would have liked?
How will you react when intentionally rebels against everything you tried to teach them?
And you will still have some sleepless nights, but you will rarely get shit on
But here’s the thing:
It’s all worth it.
And when you’re a parent you will understand.
You will do anything for your child because you love them more than you even thought was possible.
Even when it’s not easy or fun.
And you know the crazy thing?
As long as you don’t hurt it or neglect it or try to turn them into an exact clone of you:
It will make a pretty okay person some day.
And human life will continue on this planet.