I am not sure this post fits in the Cider Press... but couldn't find anywhere else to post it that talked about philosophy...
So for the moderator, if you can find a better "home" for this post, I will be eternally grateful.
A couple of things I learned along the path of permaculture, food forest, homesteading:
1. It’s not the easy path - there are easier ways to live life than homesteading, permaculture or creating your own food forest….
2. It’s not the quicker path - permaculture, homesteading and food forests seem to be taking an awful lots of time…
3. It’s not usually the most “acceptable” lifestyle among “normal” people (often those we love the most)…
Of course, I also learned along the way that:
1. I can’t think of a more satisfying lifestyle (and I already lived quite a few different ones)
2. Although there is pressure involved in this lifestyle - it’s nothing like the chronic stress in “normal” life.
3. I never felt as healthy, vital or alive as I feel now - although I’m older and have a lot less of the luxuries that supposed to make life comfortable and easy.
Why? Guess I could lots of little reasons, but the bottom line is that I have an ingrained passion for agriculture even though I was raised in a big city. As a very young teenager I knew that I wanted to live an agricultural lifestyle, but never was able to achieve that until my mid 50s. 2001 I took the plunge and have never regretted it.
Via my passion, I love watching livestock eat, watching seeds germinate. I enjoy making plant starts. Love the smell of good soil, fresh cut grass, horses and other livestock.
So passion in my number reason.
Challenge. Once I made the plunge, I wanted to see if I really could build my own house, create a farm out of neglected land, provide for my own food, and be reasonably self sufficient. I’m willing to plod along and don’t give up easy. I like to experiment and figure out alternative ways of achieving a goal. So the sense of challenge kept me going.
Self reliance. I’ve always been the type of child that didn’t like working in groups, being on a team. I prefer to work alone, something that couldn’t be done during the career phase of my life. Now on my homestead farm I work solo 90% of the time. I’m much happier.
Passion, challenge, and self reliance are my main motivations.
Philosophy? I like to live life in cooperation and harmony. That means that I feel better when I get along with my community, live in harmony with my land. I avoid discord, avoid waste, avoid needless destruction. I’m a practicalist, a realist....very strongly.
Vision? I’ve pretty much attained it. Now my vision is to share what I’ve learned with others, and to help my community as I am able.
I wake up every morning glad to be alive, to be able to go out and work on my little farm. I’m glad to help others. I’m glad to give away much of my surplus. I’m content to live a simple life of poverty (according to government standards and my friends), which I find is making me far happier than when I lived a mainstream lifestyle. I think that according the Paul, I’ve become a Gert. I’m in my 70s now and have a body that is having medical issues. But it’s been a good ride so far.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
Su Ba wrote:Passion, challenge, and self reliance are my main motivations.
Thank you so much Su Ba for your detailed and very inspiring answer.
I started a few years younger than you (I’m 53 now and living this life for 6 years now.
Hope to acquire similar wisdom to yours when I’m your age.
Make it an awesome day, and thank you for sharing.