Another year is nearly gone, and here we are at the beginning of another holiday season. I would say it has flown by, but we have been so busy this year with several drastic life changes, that it seems like this year has actually lasted three years. It has been a rare occasion that we could just sit down, prop our feet up and relax.
Having recently moved to the farm full-time with intentions to build our dream home ourselves, this is the first morning I have actually been able to sit down at the table behind my computer in the 5th wheel to write. The silence, the peace, and tranquility of a rural farm setting in the morning—except for the sounds of roosters altering us to the new day—is hard to beat. That is just one of the many things I have to be thankful for this year.
If I started working my way down my list of things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, there would be one central theme to every item on the list: my beautiful family. The farm and everything we have is not a dream of mine, but the result of who we have become together. WE have evolved into this.
Stepping outside the conventional world as defined for us by an urban apartment or a suburban cookie cutter neighborhood is food for the soul if you are the right person. The lifestyle we choose, one that requires many hours, weeks, months, heck, a lifetime of hard work, isn’t for everyone. Though I may feel as if the concrete and steel walls of a major city are nothing more than the confines of a prison with an open gate, others may find themselves right at home there. The key to life, as I have seen and felt, at least, is to find where your own soul belongs, and take whatever unconventional steps you need to take to get there.
Life is too short to drone along, checking boxes, doing all the things we have been told we need to do to live a full life, only to find out later that we have been following what is nothing more than a prescribed dream, which is not our dream at all.
This Thanksgiving, search deep down inside for what you are really thankful for. If you haven’t yet acquired or achieved that core thing that you feel burning inside of you, don’t fret, buckle down and resolve to live your life to the fullest in pursuit of and cultivation of THOSE things, not what the rest of society has told you is important.
For me, I am thankful for the love of my life, and the wonderful family that I would not have if not for her. God has indeed smiled upon me, and I am thankful for that every day of my life.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And as this wonderful season progresses through the rest of the year, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year!