Whatever your position in life is, there is an eternal truth to being a parent. Having a baby shatters your psyche, your old-world view.
You feel things more, and you feel them harder. You see more nuance in the world, there are many more shades of grey and there’s really very little that could ever be black and white ever again.
A new family photo – Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The Duke and Duchess are hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four.
Seeing parents who lose their children, seeing children endure suffering, placing yourself in the shoes of those parents, imagining that those children are your own children, accepting the bad things that happen in the world becomes much harder.
In a new interview, Prince William has described the worries and vulnerabilities he feels as a parent.
“I’m a lot more emotional than I used to be, weirdly,” William said.
“I never used to get too wound up or worried about things. But now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father.”
The feeling that something might happen to you, that something might render you unable to care for your children or unable to be there for their future, is a new and stronger consideration after you have children.