Nearly all family and friends who know us have voiced their opinions of our chosen lifestyle. We have been asked why anyone would take on the drudgery of a challenging way of life, especially today, when we have so many comforts and ways to ease our daily lives. Why, especially when you both already have a full time job away from home? Why not wait until your at retirement age to pursue your homesteading venture?
We both will admit, there are plenty of times of feeling like we are over loaded. Energies can be lean. Physical and mental tiredness are not something we are free from. This way of life, a self-sustainable way, requires that the person(s) know about an array of things. To have a variety of skills, be able to problem solve, and have the grit to persevere when times are trying.
Many years before we actually decided to make the change to our new lifestyle, we only had thoughts of 'someday' or 'maybe' we could live self-sustainable/homesteading way of life. It was always a desire and never pursued further. It just did not seem like we could make it work. It seemed unattainable. In any case, I would describe ourselves back then, as programmed by society and our minds dulled.
One day, I read an article about a person who had desired to live a certain way, and made the changes necessary to attain it. One thing that has stuck with me from reading the article was to start living as if we were already living the way we felt led to live. This may not make sense to some people, and to some, they may even think it is wrong. For us, it was how we discovered a way, to begin our journey to live this rewarding way of life.
Initially, we did not have the funds, skills, or knowledge to just go off and cut the strings of dependence on society, and live self-sustainably. It would have been a mistake for us. I imagine people do it, and it can be done, but it was not a way we felt would work for us. We needed tools, equipment, and alot of know how.
We prayed. We waited. Answers for how and where were needed. If it was His Will, open the doors for what we needed for this journey.
Our eyes were soon opened to utilize the land we were on. Learn from it. Work it. Nurture it. We also began change with one or two things at a time inside the home. For starters I chose to begin to make all meals from scratch. We stopped eating out at restaurants, and buying convenience foods. It was also a way we began to save money. From there we would add another item to the change process. We put forth our energies, made thoughtful choices, and soon we could see things begin to change.
This way of life we have thoughtfully chosen to live, has not been easy to grow into. (I write this to those who are thinking about beginning the process. It is not instant, over night success. It takes time.) It is a way of life that we have felt led to live. It has a rhythm that echo's through our hearts, minds and souls. If we would have listened to those that surrounded us with their thoughts, instead of seeking that way which had been placed upon our hearts, we would still be back living in the old, mind numbing way.
Sometimes we as humans make choices that we regret later. My husband and I did not want to look back with regret of not attempting this journey now. We opted for extending ourselves beyond the daily routine. Living a full life. Change could only happen if we began right then, and if it was our Creator's will.
Have a blessed day!