Rima Fauzi (http://rimafauzi.com) is one of the few Indonesian bloggers that I continuously followed since I started blogging in 2007.
Rima (36) is a singer/songwriter living in Brussels, Belgium since 2001, where she and her friends set up a band called The House Painters.
Based on the consent that I have got from her via Twitter@mbakrimaH, I would like to share with you one of her interesting blog post (below) about Motherhood, which may sound controversial for some of you.
I shall be very grateful to receive your comment. Happy reading.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
By Rima Fauzi
When I was younger, I welcomed the idea that as human beings it is
our fate to couple up, get married and have children. I thought it was
normal for me to think that our sole-purpose is indeed to serve God by
way of non-stop praying, getting married and procreating. As I got older
and more exposed to the evil ways of the west (and by this I mean the
frowned upon atheistic western “logics” and “common sense”) I started to
The first thing that changed was my perception of God. I used to
think God was this really grumpy old guy who just loves to smite people
and take his wrath upon us, eerily leering from above, waiting for us to
do something wrong and then when you think you are safe, “WHAM!” He
smites us to a thousand pieces. When he is feeling lazy, he would send
down his angels to make a list of all the things we do wrong then keep
it in his grudge cabinet so that when we die he will happily drown us in
a pool of boiling hot lava-like liquid for as long as he likes or until
he has something better to do or new people to torture.
Now, I strongly feel that if there really is a God (I say “IF”
because no one really knows, it’s all down to personal faith) he would
most likely be a deity-like entity who is loving, understanding and
kind, who emanates eternal peace and is made up of all things good, like
sugar and spice.
People who say things like “That tsunami is a warning/curse from God”
or, “The heretics who were murdered were asking for it, if those people
didn’t take their lives, God would’ve done the job himself sooner or
later” irritate the hell out of me. I know they have a right to their
opinions, they do and I am fine with that don’t get me wrong, but they
are just irritatingly ignorant. Yet there is nothing
I can do to change
the way they think as I used to be one of these people and I understand
their way of thinking although I surely do not condone it. Nobody
changed my way of thinking, it just happened gradually on its own
through natural selection, personal experiences, education, social
interaction and a myriad of other factors that may or may not have the
same effect on other people on a similar boat.
Thank goodness I have become this common-sense worshiping, moral
loving, reasoning addicted infidel that I am today. I don’t mind not
going to “heaven” as from what I was told heaven is going to be nothing
but a huge, non-stop orgy full of men drinking wine from the rivers and
having sex with virgin angels anyway. It’s not like I haven’t been in
one before and if only the men are going to have fun in this so-called
heavenly orgy, I wouldn’t want to be one sitting there watching all the
fun, how boring would that be, right
But, I digress.
The same thing happened with my idea of motherhood. While I know that
it is indeed a natural part of life and I don’t oppose of it, I don’t
think it’s for everyone. My friends told me that I will hear my
biological clock ticking and I will know when it’s time. Well, I am
almost 36 and either my biological clock needs a new battery or it just
isn’t happening for me.
I actually don’t mind not having kids. Nope, let me rephrase that, I actually don’t want any kids.
*Gasps* “How can she say that? It’s blasphemy!!” some people may think.
Well a few years ago, I feel guilty whenever I even think about this
and I certainly never say it out loud. Whenever people ask me, “So Rima,
when will you have a baby?” or “Don’t you want to hear the
pitter-patter of ‘tiny feet in your house??” I answer, “Not now, maybe
in a few years.” (Although
I constantly have the urge to answer the
second question with, “If I want to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet
in my house I’d buy a Chihuahua and have it wear small dog boots around
the house. Problem solved”)
But who am I kidding? I didn’t want a baby then, and I sure as hell don’t want one now.
Now I have become more assertive in my life decisions and I no longer
feel guilty telling people that, “Kids are just not for me.” because “I
think my life is perfect the way it is.”
The thing is, I know parents who don’t really want children but were
forced into having them by society and their families. I have seen what
that does to their children and it’s not pretty. I am fulfilled by my
life, I have my routines, my job, my side job, my hobbies, my friends
and my family. I am content with my life and I think I’m blessed with so
many good things in life that there is nothing more I could possibly
want. So why ruin a good thing?
I don’t want to have kids just for the sake of having them, “cos
everybody else has them.” As if kids are a pair of Gucci loafers or a
Plasma TV. No, if I ever have kids it will be because I really, and I
mean REALLY want them.
If I give in to the pressure and norms of the society, I could end up
resenting my kids and feel like I have given up many things I enjoy to
have them. I know this sounds selfish, but it is more selfish to have
kids so that people will accept you and think you are “normal”. Let me
tell you something, there is nothing normal about having unwanted kids
because it will screw up that kid and scar them emotionally for life,
not to mention turning you into an asshole.
Now I should know, I was one of these kids. And again I tell you,
it’s not pretty for both the parties involved as it is sad and unfair
for an adult to have to do something they don’t really want but feel
like they “must” do while it’s especially unjust and unfair for a child
to be born to parents who don’t really want them.
So the next time I hear somebody asking me that dreadful question
again or making a snide remark about who will take care of me in my old
age if I don’t have kids, that is when I will say “If I ever decide to
have kids, I will do so because I really want to. And I will love that
child and educate them so that they have free will, an open mind and a
loving heart. Not so that I have a guaranteed spot in a homey retirement
home.” I won’t even care if a person insinuates that women who never
bear children are not real women. Yes, there are people like that out
there, total bitches.
Because at the end of the day, having children (or not) is your
personal choice and nobody should be able to pressure you into doing it
or talk you out of it when you want to do so. It’s your right, your
prerogative and no one else.