|Posted on May 21, 2013 at 8:15 AM|
I read a blog post this morning about a fellow homesteader having what I will call a "less than romantic" day. I think all of us homesteaders begin with a vision of how life is going to be. A dream, a memory, of a quiet, slower, peaceful life. We fantasize about living off the land, tilling the earth, taking care of our animals, our families, ourselves. We see ourselves baking bread, hanging laundry on the line, and sitting on our porches shucking corn or breaking beans for our meals, while the laughing children frolic in the yard. Then, at night, we dream of climbing under our homemade quilts into the arms of our loving, happy lover and partner.
The mortgage is behind, the gardens have yet to be planted, the not-so-new puppies are still not-so potty trained. The kids would rather fight over a video game than frolic anywhere, and to top it off, that loving, happy partner would rather live in a condo than your country oasis. The laundry has piled up- you use your clothes dryer because you are still doing laundry in the middle of the night. Now the cats have chosen your sweet seedling flats as their new littler box. Your cultivator is duct taped together and hopefully, if you're lucky, you'll get another row or two finished before the engine falls off...again.
I think all of us, homesteaders and non-homesteaders alike, live this way. We have a dream life in our heads and sometimes, maybe even most times, reality hasn't received the memo. Don't lose heart. Hang on to those dreams. Do your best to make them reality, but be flexible and forgiving. We all have 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. It's the choices we make that determine the outcome. You ALWAYS have a choice with what you do with your time. Let me repeat that- You ALWAYS have a choice! The most important choice, and one we often forget in our busy schedules, is to enjoy the ride. It doesn't take any extra time, but it makes all the difference.
My advice to you on this beautiful May Morning is to make a list of those goals, dreams, memories (Here's one of mine). Write them down, print them out, commit them to memory- whatever. Cling to them like they are the most precious thing on the planet. Then get to work- start small if you like. It's time we all take responsibility for our time, our choices, and our lives! Do it your way- I believe in you! And remember to enjoy the ride!
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