“You are living a woman’s worst nightmare.”
“No one wants to be you.”
These statements clustered like barnacles in the back of my mind, their sharp edges piercing my self-worth.
Of course, no one had said these things to my face. But the words were a composite of input from myriad sources . . . movies and tv, social media, books, work interactions, family conversations, even Christian circles. Sometimes the message had been subtle, and other times . . . not so much.
Before you protest such alarming self-talk, let’s look at the facts:
I have never been married.
I will never have any biological children or grandchildren.
I live a celibate life.
Can you honestly say this is or was your life goal, or something you pray for others (especially if you have a daughter)?
I didn’t think so.