In 3 short months we’ll be in the middle of World Childless Week 2019
The idea makes me tremble with nerves but it also makes me smile as I think of us coming together again to unite our voices. Behind the scenes people have already been approaching me with their ideas and offers of support and that makes me go all mushy with emotion whilst at the same time I want to jump up and down and scream about how excited I am.
So let me kick this off by sharing the daily topics for World Childless Week 2019
Monday: Our Stories
If you are childless because of fertility issues, circumstances, tough decisions or a combination of them all your story is worthwhile of being shared. We need to let people know that there are 101+ ways to be childless not by choice.
Tuesday: Letters of forgiveness
This is not about forgiving others but looking inwards and forgiving yourself. It can be so easy to place blame and anger and leave it there without addressing the issue: I left it too late, I should have tried one more time, I should have gone for it on my own, I could have tried a different health gimmick, I should have borrowed the money, lost the weight, stayed in the relationship etc etc. I know my letter will contain a few of those I’ve just listed.
Wednesday: Childlessness and The Arts
The written word can be strong but sometimes a single image can express a thousand emotions. Today we explore all forms of art and you don’t need to be a professional to participate.. If you are a photographer, poet, painter, sculptor, actor, dancer, musician or creative in any way this day is for you.
Thursday: Men Matter Too
Men do not talk so openly or share their emotions so readily about being childless; they are often the unseen and unheard halves of our story. Today we are going to focus on men and their words because they matter too. There is no set topic because I want you to have the freedom to talk about what matters to you.
Friday: Comments That Hurt - “As a parent I have empathy”
This comment has become increasingly popular in politics and social media despite the fact it holds no substance. We can explore why this comment is hurtful, why it is a false statement and how we have empathy regardless of not having children.
Saturday: We Are Worthy
Self doubt is a hard thing to shake and we can all be our own worse critics. Life can be full of many reasons to doubt our worth but despite our own judgements on our childlessness "we are ALL worthy".
Sunday: Finding Acceptance and Moving Forward
Our grief will lessen and we will find new dreams. It doesn't mean that we will forget our desire to have been a parent, but it does mean our life can have new perspectives. We can reflect on how we have Moved Forward since last year’s World Childless Week. What changes we have made in our life and hear from those who have found acceptance and embraced their Plan B.
Does one day, or more, mean something to you?
Do you feel this is the time to speak out and express your thoughts?
Is this the year to use your voice to make a difference?
You don’t have to be a professional writer or artist. All you have to do is release the emotions from your heart and allow us to see a little of the world through your eyes.
When you get in contact please remember to include:
Your submission (500-800 words)
Clarification on if you want to be credited or remain anonymous
Last date for submissions: Sunday 1st September
There are other events to share and ways in which you can get involved and I’ll be sharing those details with you shortly. If you want to ensure you don’t miss any information please sign up for the World Childless Week newsletter.
This is our week to support each other and participate in as big or as small a way as we are comfortable with. Please stay tuned because the countdown clock has started!!
Founder, World Childless Week