We Are Worthy - We Are All Diamonds

It has been heart breaking reading all the stories this week. There is so much pain and anger and I find all of it relatable too. I know it’s a personal journey that unfortunately all of us childless not by choice must go through.

I made the tough decision a few years ago to stop IVF treatment, Endometriosis and numerous other issues resulted in three failed IVF cycles. This among other things resulted in the breakdown of the marriage. So, I found myself single and over 40 with a whole set of challenges ahead.

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We Are Worthy - Reclaiming Our Narrative and Owning Our Worth

 “There are no prerequisites for worthiness.” –Dr. Brené Brown

Our wholeness is innate and our worthiness inherent. Yet, how are we able to truly value ourselves, under the weight of social prerequisites, which often fail to acknowledge, let alone embrace those of us living without children, not by choice?

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#Flip The Script - Worthy from the day you were born

When did I stop deciding I was worthy? I can’t think of a day or a time. What made me question my worth or had I never considered my own worth until I compared myself to someone else? These are questions that have suddenly come into my mind and each question seems to raise more questions.

Did I feel worthy at ten, twenty or thirty years old; was it a question that ever crossed my mind? Does my worth hinge on one single element of my life, my inability to have a child? Is that the one deciding factor that I allowed to consume me and devour my worth?

Wow.

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We Are Worthy - Chrisoula Sirigou (The Golden Muse)

Meaningful Life Without Kids

Can life be meaningful and full of purpose without having children? This was a question I was recently asked.

Are children the major gift in life that makes us feel worthy and of value to the world we live in? I believe in children and children is our future. They are gifts that bless some people’s lives but not others. Life is abundant with gifts, motherhood is one of them.

Is having children one part that defines who we are because who we are is much bigger than the role of being a loving mother or father?

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We Are Worthy - Fiona Tate, Countess Drusilla

I am a childless woman.

I am a daughter, a wife, a sister, a cousin, a niece, an aunt, a friend, a godmother.

I am a writer, a reader, a mental health advocate, a Psychologist, a mentor.

I am a lover, a fighter, a spiritualist, a music fan, a good listener, a goth, a survivor.

And I am childless by circumstance, not by choice.

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We Are Worthy - Stephanie Phillips

Last year when I was planning World Childless Week I decided to set a theme for each day of the week. I wanted the week to show different aspects that effect the life of someone who is childless not by choice. I thought about what subjects were discussed frequently and how I personally felt about being childless.

I realised that lack of self worth was a subject I'd seen discussed and expressed on numerous occassions. Why do we doubt our worth? It was a question that I was not sure I could answer. It was a question that needed to be addressed. I decided that one day needed to focus on expressing and celebrating that "We Are Worthy".

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