Why young people should not Listen to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
“With everything that’s going on in this world, I don’t know if I should even have kids!”
“Why would I want to bring a child into this world?” “It’s way too expensive to have kids these days!” “I’m not ready to have kids yet, I can barely take care of myself!”
These are the most common reactions I receive when I tell people I have four children as I drive Uber on the weekends. Playing right into these fears is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with her “Legitimate” question she’s said needs to be asked: “Is it ok to still have children?” Of course this is coming from a woman who has no children of her own. The reasons for her claim are student debt and climate change.
The short answer to her question is YES! There has never been a better time to have children then right now. None of us will get out of this world alive and not a single person will take anything with them when they depart. What makes our experience in life worthwhile is leaving behind a legacy. Becoming a parent is the first time in life that you truly understand what it means to love someone more than you love yourself. I thought I understood this when I met my wife but it is a whole different level of love and meaning when you have a child of your own. There have been billions of parents on the planet and many books written on the subject yet nobody can explain it you. It is not something to be explained it is something to be experienced.
What John F Kennedy once said, I like to apply towards family life in the sense of “Ask not what your Family can do for you, Ask what can you do for your Family.” I’m not sure if people like Miss Cortez have ever heard of that philosophy before. But if you are unsure about having kids, don’t take my word about how awesome it is. Take a listen to the hundred or so Dads I’ve interviewed on my podcast, First Class Fatherhood and how much of a positive impact Fatherhood has had in their lives. I’ve interviewed NFLers Tom Brady & Deion Sanders, Navy SEALs Rob O’Neill & Marcus Luttrell, Actors Dean Cain & Max Martini, Entrepreneurs Ed Mylett & Bedros Keuilian and so many other successful men who have accomplished so much in life, yet still claim that Fatherhood, above all, has been their greatest and most fulfilling experience in life.
Is having children expensive? Maybe, but if you think having children is expensive just wait until you are 60 years old and they hand you the bill for not having them. Many people live with the regret of never having kids because they felt like they weren’t ready. You CANNOT ever be ready. My advice is to start your family as soon as you marry the person you love. It will make you a better person and in turn make our society a better place to live.
There is so much good in this world, it far outweighs the bad. One way or the other, the children will keep coming. It is the parents who need to step up to the plate. If we can start celebrating Family Life, nourish our Family Units and start showing Fatherhood in a more positive light instead of the bogus portrayals we see about Fatherhood in the movies and on TV, then most of the problems we a facing in this country will simply dissolve.