Aw shucks. I'm surprised and humbled. There was a new apple in the firestorm bc thread... was that you?
I was just thinking about you this morning and wondering where you had got to.
I'm certainly restless! If it wasn't for the need to get so much infrastructure accomplished, I'd have quit my job and wouldn't be looking for any kind of industrial pay out job. But how does one start a farm from scratch at 50 years old? I just want to get some stuff done while I have the bigger youthful energy still in me to get it done. Problem is, I am extremely hard on myself and set way too many goals, and sort of set myself up to under-accomplishment (only because I set out to do so many things!)
I think you are restless and this seems awesome.
In that regard, I'm paying the price for 'retiring' in my early adulthood. But also, it's part of me, that wanderlust, that need to experience new things, and meet new people, and exchange ideas.
Yes, it's true TJ. I'm hoping that people can learn from my mistakes and from my successes equally. I seldom share my failures, so that part of the knowledge has not been passed on quite so freely.
You have seen a lot of failures and you will make fewer of them- and pass that knowledge on freely. This is sooo important because there is a lot of failure leading to disenchantment leading to "safety living" which is anything but. Your uncle was that guy for you, and you can be that for others. It is a value to have taken a less direct path, don't we always say life exists on the edges?
Roberto Pokachinni wrote: But how does one start a farm from scratch at 50 years old? I just want to get some stuff done while I have the bigger youthful energy still in me to get it done.
You seem to have a great attitude. I have much to learn about that. Ha ha. For me, I chose to do this work in a thankless corporation... my place in it is so small and I just try to do the best I can in it. If I'm not the smallest person in the company, I'm really close I'm sure. I'm pretty tiny, 5'5'' and 125lbs. ...and I've been missing a foot since I was 3, so my body definitely has it's... disadvantages in a heavy labour situation. But I'm pretty O.K. swinging a sledge hammer with the big boys most days when I have to bust it out as a labourer. But then I got into the welding dept. Which is Ok, except when it isn't, which is... almost all the time, because I work in a two man 'team' with my foreman who does 20% of the work... And that's probably the best thing that I can say about him. ...And, even though the position is locked in for 4 years, that was somehow not mentioned in the job posting. And... the company has this strange policy that if you bid up in wage, you can not bid down in wage, and since the welding department is one of the highest paid, even if I keep at it for 4 years, there are almost no positions that I can bid into! And I'm being sent to third year school at the end of the month, which is in Winnipeg, the coldest city in Canada. The great thing about that is that I have really good friends there that I go and visit when I get sent there, so... there's that! I am, after all, an optimist. I might not come across that way sometimes, but I am. I have great hope that we can change this planet, that we can do this thing on the grand scale, and that we will. So you might here in the near future, like April, that I quit, got paid out for my pension contributions, and just decided to float for a year and build some stuff. We shall see.
Hahah, oh sir, I ENVY you that, I'll be 57 in a month, I'm a small female, and I've been disabled by multiple factors since 1996.
Yes, but not in welding. Lol. I have learned welding, to a degree, but I'm positive there are people on this site who are vastly more skilled in the art of welding than I am. Travis Johnson, for instance, is vastly more skilled than I am. There are certainly many others.
Have you considered a permaculture targeted YouTube or teaching role given your expertise?
That's all we can do. Our responsibility can only extend into that which we have sway over, and others have to live their own dreams or illusions, or whatever it is they are doing. We can try to influence them, but our actions and our happiness and our relationships to everyone and everything speak far louder than any attempt to change the habits of others directly. We wage a war against dominance and destruction, by waging peace for a living... but all that feels even strange or hypocritical for me to say at this time, considering my current job. It's not exactly my dream. It's toxic and promoting globalized trade, and... I could just go on and on. It's just a means to an end. And the end is in sight, thankfully.
I so often feel exactly the same. Sometimes I feel a bit sad for my siblings or for other people but in the end I can only be responsible for my own spirit, my own heart, my own soul and the relationships in which they're involved. I'm glad there are other people out there who understand that I value my relationship with my dirt, with my mulberry tree, my yard rabbit much more than I value my relationship with current pop culture.
I'm actually reading an excellent book about sleep. I do have trouble with it . One of the many recommendations in the book is to not be on the computer in the evening... and here I am! Lol.
Have fun and I hope you can find some time for sleep at some point.