5 Benefits of Rural Living for Battling Skeptics


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If there's one thing I hear over and over from readers who have a dream of rural living, is that it's their spouse, family or friends who are keeping them from their modern homesteading dream.

Let's face it – while the number of people desiring a rural lifestyle is growing, most of North American society thinks we're either dreamers and 'not being very practical', or we're flat out bonkers.  So if you have a burning desire to get out of the city or suburbs and into the wide open country and you've got loved ones raining on your parade, what do you do?  How do you convince them that you're onto something important?

I was fairly lucky when I announced my plan to return to the country and live in a little cabin in the woods.  Most of my friends either wished they could do the same, or were at least supportive.  My spouse, on the other hand (a born and bred city boy) had no interest in packing up and moving.  Truth be told, it was just one more difference that we weren't able to overcome, and the relationship was really long 'over' by that point (we've got a much better relationship now - go figure).  So no, I'm not a success story in that department, but if I had been in solid relationship, you bet your booty I'd have pulled out all the stops to convince him that moving to the country was a good idea.  I'd have done everything I could to prove to him that living a rural life would be better for our family and our relationship.

So at this point, all I can tell you is what we have gained and learned by pursuing our dream, and touching on what's going on in the world right now that makes rural living a very valid, and dare I say wise choice. 

Benefit #1 - Stress Levels Go WAY Down

There's something about all the background noise in the city that seems to keep us all jacked up, even if we don't know it.  At least it was that way with me.  Between the sirens and the noisy neighbours, sleep was something that eluded me more often than was healthy.  But here, I've stopped grinding my teeth at night and overall feel way less stressed, even though my workload has probably tripled.  There's  just something about waking up to birds and not screeching tires that soothes the soul. 

8/1/2015 9:20:48 AM

Thank you for your inspirational story. I'm going to be retired in one year and I bought a small horse ranch. My husband tells me it's the biggest mistake I ever made and he hates the horse, hates my birds. I know that my relationship with him is on borrowed time, but I want to live my dream before I'm too old to do it. He just told me he is not leaving NY. Thank you for your story and I can't wait to start living my life.

Farmer Di
8/1/2011 12:31:17 PM

This is such a timely piece. I agree, the rural life trend is rising, and there are far more people trying to find ways to talk themselves (and us!) out of it than into it. My husband and I quit our jobs and moved to the country to become full time farmers earlier this year. Once we did it, people have become so supportive, they're really rooting for us to make it. I think we're their guinea pigs... Especially nice was the community of growers at the farmers' market here in Madison, VA. They all welcomed us with open arms and thoughtful advice and even manpower and tools for some start-up hurdles. Getting up to our roosters crowing is the best! www.cluelessfarmer.wordpress.com

Nebraska Dave
7/30/2011 8:36:33 AM

Victoria, skeptics are in full bloom it seems anytime a total change in lifestyle comes into the conversation. It doesn't have to be homesteading. It could be a career change or growing a garden in the backyard. My neighbors think that I just might be one of those survivalists. You know storing food and growing a garden and all. Anything that is outside the box so to speak will draw skeptics like flies. I just smile and quietly keep trekking. Of course when tomato season comes they are glad to accept the overflow of the tomato and cucumber garden beds. I just smile and keep on trekking. Overcoming fear of change will give a person the freedom to expand their dreams and passions in life. I'm glad to hear that you have accomplished that at a relatively young age. The real adventure in life will bring you great memories and satisfaction. Have a great homesteading day.

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