Having a Family Is Better Than Being Cool

“For the first 10 years of my married life, I wanted to be cool. I was a breaking news journalist, and it was thrilling to dodge molotov cocktails at protests, then come back and regale my friends with tales of my adventures at cocktail parties. I was already married at the time, but delayed having kids because I didn’t want to sacrifice that adventurous lifestyle. 

As I’ve written before, though, I eventually got the feeling that life wasn’t just about amassing a collection of cool stories. My wife and I did eventually have kids, which wasn’t meant as an antidote to that feeling but in practice ended up serving as one. Life as a parent is better.”


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