I was divorced before my son was 2. I continued with my life. My son and I had a lot of adventures.
One time when we were riding our tandem bike with a group of cyclists, another rider was shocked to learn that I was a single mom. He told me of a single mom friend who never did things with her child because she was single.
I cannot imagine anyone else being the author of my life story. We are each dealt a hand, how it is played is totally up to the individual.