As I plan my next move in life, I’ve been thinking about an acquaintance of mine, who is divorced with an adorable young child. She gets financial support and co-parenting help from her ex-husband, and, of course, has been able to experience motherhood and to avoid the angst of missing out on that experience.
On the other hand, her movement in the world is more limited than mine. She can’t leave the area her husband lives in, so she can’t pursue other job opportunities easily. She can’t cut ties with her ex, or move to another city. Her time to get out and about and pursue new interests is also curtailed.
Except for those people who get the fairy tale, and few people do, it’s tough for everyone, I’m realizing.