A lot of city-dwellers have romanticized the homesteading lifestyle to the extent that they think that the answer to all their problems is to buy a rural property, leave the city, and begin to live off the land. They think that this would be easier than going to their nine-to-five job and dealing with rush hour traffic.
The truth is, homesteading takes a lot of work.
- Gardening takes work (even if you’re using the Back To Eden method). Actually…
- …just trying to figure out which crops work best at which times of the year in your specific area takes work (and at least two years).
- Milking animals takes work.
- Trying to keep said animals safe from predators takes work.
- Setting up and constructing fencing, pens, and outbuildings takes work.
- Harvesting a crop takes work.
- Living off the grid takes work.
- Doing all the things people do to reduce energy usage takes work.
Now, I’m not saying that rural homesteading is without its rewards. I wouldn’t go back to my city life for all the money in the Mayo Clinic’s coffers. However, it’s not easy. Life was a lot easier when I was a single woman renting an apartment in Dallas and buying my groceries from Whole Foods on the way home from the school where I taught. At least then, I got weekends, holidays, and over two months a year off from my responsibilities.
Homesteading is work, but it’s a different kind of work. Different, not necessarily easier. I talk more about that in the video that follows. If you like it, feel free to click on it to get to YouTube and join the conversation there. Enjoy the video!
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