Rural Life or Rat Race? Which Will It Be?

| 3/13/2012 7:09:11 PM

Today I’m sharing something written by my husband, Jim. He has a great perspective on this life we’re living together. Here he shares a bit of history and how he really feels about living the rural life!

Here I am, living on our rural property and real jazzed about it. I’m jazzed at night looking back at the day, and I'm really jazzed when I wake up!

I remember one day years ago in my corporate life. I was in a meeting discussing TPS report cover designs and found myself daydreaming. I can’t even recall what I was dreaming about, but it was pleasantly distracting. Then the person addressing the meeting woke me up when he said that when he got up in the morning he was "jazzed" about life and ready for the ups and downs of the day. I could see his genuine excitement and enthusiasm. But where in the world did he get it?

 city sky 

Comparing that guy’s feelings to my sense of life, I realized I was just going through the motions. I had a great job and a great family ... but something was missing. Maybe a lot was missing. I didn't even like lots of things about my life - and I definitely could care less about TPS cover designs. Why was I dying on the inside, even when things were going well on the outside?

I knew I needed to wake up and understand what was missing in my life. Maybe then I could rediscover the excitement and passion of life that I’d once had.

Marie James
4/5/2012 5:31:47 PM

You probably remember the university labs with computers bigger than refrigerators! Jim spent a lot of hours in there. Key punching was supposed to be a major job of the future, but I'm glad I didn't count on that for a lifetime career! Who would have believed how computers would transform the world. We both still work with computers daily but it's very refreshing to spend time outside with plants and animals as well.

3/16/2012 9:38:30 PM

Jim and Marie, I have truly been fortunate. I started out on the farm until roaring off to college in an old rusted out Ford Fairlane. During those college year a new breaking technology was happening called a computer. Instantly my passion honed in to the budding technology and a career started which lasted 41 years. During that time every day I couldn't wait to get to work to learn more about the way computers worked and would improve our lives. Unfortunately the last few years the technology advanced so fast that my learning curve couldn't keep up. During those 40 plus years my rural roots lay dormant. When I retired those genes activated and even though I lived in urban city USA, they have bloomed with urban backyard raised bed vertical growing. Now I have expanded by purchasing a new gardening property. All this to say that it's never too late to follow your passion in life. Have a great homestead day.

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