Very thought provoking essay by paulgraham.com:
What I didn’t notice, because they tend to be much quieter, were all the great moments parents had with kids. People don’t talk about these much — the magic is hard to put into words, and all other parents know about them anyway
With a a few hard punches:
I hate to say this, because being ambitious has always been a part of my identity, but having kids may make one less ambitious.
And a closing slap in in the face:
[…] The fact is, most of the freedom I had before kids, I never used. I paid for it in loneliness, but I never used it.
This one inspired me to revisit a few drafts and put something together.