Leaving the pool every time that I go I realize how frequently I see parents just sitting on the bench waiting for their children to be done with swim practice. And I think about how the parents time is completely wasted while they are just waiting for their kid to be done. Even if they try to run errands in the mean time, it is still limited and not focused time for them to achieve anything of significance. Then I realized that those parents who have children do truly feel like they are doing something of significance because they are raising another human being. But does one's human potential peak because they have decided to invest their time and energy in another human being rather than themselves? Reach your human potential, or help someone else reach theirs.
Are those who achieve the most those who selfishly invest in themselves rather than children? Is that such a crime, because aren't those the ones we aspire to be like? Aren't those the ones we tell our children if they work hard they can be like them? But it seems like somewhere along the way, we forget to look into the details of how they got where they are today, not only do they put in the hours of training, but they do not have distractions and other commitments that weigh on their mind, like another human being's life.
So I guess it's important though, that if you aren't going to have kids, you owe it not just to yourself but to the world, to be the best possible self you can be because if you don't, then you may not contribute anything to society as a result of your existence. And if you don't contribute to society then perhaps you would be better off just having another child who may hopefully one day choose to do that instead for you.