Right now we are living in a society of complacency. One in which we wait and expect for other to do for us. What we fail to realize as a unit, is a group of people can revolutionize our society. We forget we have the power.
You are probably wondering what the heck I am talking about. Well, I believe we live in an age where we expect government to do for us, for society to do for us, corporations, etc and leave all responsibility with other parties. There is zero accountability for actions with our food, healthcare, children and education system. We “reap what we sow”. It is so easy to lay blame to the guy down the street and our society has conditioned us to do that without thought. Effort is now a touch of a button.
Living off the land (and all that comes with it) was introduced to me 5 years ago. Honestly thinking about it, how INDEPENDENT are you? We depend on cities, counties and municipalities for water, food from the grocery store, medicines from doctors and pharmacy, communication through internet and cell phones (does ANYONE have a land line anymore?), everything is automatic, electrical or run by something. They have even stopped teaching children cursive because everything is written in ” text” electronically. Our lives are completely dependent on something bigger than us.
What if it were taken away tomorrow? Would you survive? How could you provide for yourself and your family for food and shelter in the long term?
Having a trade is so important. Manual labor is so important. Its important to teach and show the next generation, our children. When I was pregnant with c1, I assisted (as much as a very pregnant person can) in building an attached greenhouse. In Arkansas, starting seed for gardening is important. The winter conditions are not like the year round sun we have in south Florida. Greenhouses come in handy to get seedlings started to ensure successful transplant into the ground. Just like an infant, they need tender loving care as a foundation. What I learned in the few short months building a greenhouse (literally from the ground up) has taken me further than I ever thought. First , I am capable of doing so much more than I ever imagined (you are too). Secondly, I am good at so many different skills, it surprised me (you can be, too). And lastly, I LIKED it! (You will too!) Learning trades like cooking, gardening, fixing things, mechanics, canning, how to fell a tree, tending to livestock, getting out and doing something just does something to you!
Try something today. Think about gardening your favorite vegetable, build a bird house, sew, fix something you would otherwise throw out… Do SOMETHING.
Not only will you feel better about yourself, you might find a knack for something you never thought you would!
Blessings and Happiness-
The Naturalist Mom
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