on how families spend time.
“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
That's true. An empty next is a lot less stressful than a household full of kids.
For the most part my DH and I are complete control of our time outside of work. We do not have a lot of "have tos".
I just wanted to comment that not everyone finds a busy lifestyle to be stressful.
Recently many of the news outlets were reporting on a study that found a lot stress to be age related. Those in their 20's were at lot more stressed out than the over 50 crowd.
They speculate that it is because of experience. Those in their 50s have a lot more "been there, done it" time under their belts.
I am finding it to be true and think that they are right on their speculation as to why.
I think the problem comes with anyone saying "Life is....." There's going to be someone who disagrees with it, because for someone, their life might not be that.
This makes me think of a comedy sketch where the comedian talked about how he and a friend of his (who was high on weed at the time), encountered a bear in the woods. He took off running, but then realized his friend wasn't with him. When he looked back, his friend was raising his hand and pledging to prevent forest fires. The bear went away and the friend said "Man, Smokey is much more intense in person."Same situation, two different perceptions.