10 Signs You Might Be a Homesteader!
Your whole life you’ve been drawn to animals. You love your pets like family, admire wildlife with awe, and if you had the means would certainly have more animals in your life. In fact, if you won the lottery tomorrow that money wouldn't go towards a premium 50-inch flatscreen; it would go to a new barn! You would like more land and the free time to raise livestock, learn to ride a horse, or raise up your dream hunting pup. Part of you will always feel like Heidi’s Grandfather and you love that about yourself.
2. You Love Food
You love food, but not just eating it - all aspects of food. You love gardening and farming, but also hunting and foraging. Hard-earned meals you know intimately are celebrations and you study recipes like an Oxford Scholar. You find more satisfaction in a venison steak covered in morel sauce you got from the forest than any 4-star restaurant fare. You’re not scared of raw milk, farm fresh eggs, home brewed booze, or fish from the river. You’re probably not a vegetarian. (And if you are, you won’t be for long given the chance to raise and hunt for your own protein!)
3. Accomplishments and Goals Are Your Favorite Drugs
You are a list maker and checker-offer. You find that finishing something you started is one of the best feelings in the world. A lot of people like making goals set for them by teachers and bosses, but you find that work compared to the true satisfaction of accomplishing your self-assigned tasks. This translates from morning chores to creativity. You are a maker, be it knitted sweaters or carpentry projects - setting to a task and finishing it is a huge part of who you are and what you love.
4. You’re Fiercely Independent
You are your own person. You are drawn to other strong minded people, and get uneasy around hive minds and group think. Politics frustrate you, as do people who cling to one side or another of a political debate. You find comfort in being set apart from the crowd and would rather own your own diner than be the manager of a team of twenty people in an office for four times the income.
5. You’re Nervous About the State Of The World
You may or may not follow the news but it doesn’t take a foreign correspondent to see the unsettled state of the world. Be it climate changes and weather patterns or war zones; you know that our comfort and safety is not certain. Something as fragile as society has and could fall apart again. You’re not wearing a tin foil hat or digging a bunker in the backyard but you see a lot of sense in storing a few weeks of food in your home, having heat and water not dependent on the public grid. I bet you own copies of your favorite books in print even if you already have them in ebook format. Just in case!
6. You Don’t Consider Money Wealth
You know money is a reality with being part of the modern Over Culture, but money itself means little to you. It’s a rate of exchange used to acquire things of actual value - things like dairy goats, laying hens, good lumber, land, and warm clothes. Real value is learning skills, not buying toys. You’d honestly rather make a 1/4 of your current salary while living in a small cabin you already paid off on land you own than rent a loft apartment in the city with a six-figure paycheck. You’d sleep better, too.
7. You Hate Working For Other People And Do it Poorly
Enough said. I feel you.
8. You’re Okay With Being Different
People think you are crazy for spending your vacation interning at a local farm, and think raising a pig in your garage-turned-pen is borderline crazy. (You know they have no idea how good that bacon is..,) You aren’t really interested in other people’s ideas on fashion and fun - you are your own person and rock that homemade dress and handknit scarf, goodwill jeans, and new tractor with the same gusto as anyone in the glossy ads in Vogue. Work it, girl.
9. You’re More Stubborn Than Logical
You’ve been called stubborn a lot, and don’t care if your dreams are “unrealistic”. You know that given enough determination you can get to your own little plot of land. It's a possible dream and many people get there every single day. (I get emails about it. Trust me it is happening.) Never let anyone tell you that stubbornness is a bad trait, ever. It's the most important quality a self-employed homesteader can have.
10. You Can’t Stop Dreaming About It
Trust your dreams. It took me half a decade of being farm-curious to have the guts to leave my day job and take on the scrappy life I have maintained on my homestead for nearly four years now. I went from security and soul-sucking boredom to the excitement of constant resourcefulness. It meant making a lot of changes and a lot of mistakes but I have zero regrets. It got me home. So if you can't stop reading backyard chicken forums at your office, or have a stack of home dairy books by your bedside table in your one-bedroom apartment - good. Keep planning, dreaming, hoping, being unreasonable, unrealistic, stubborn and nuts. Those are the only people who wake up to woodsmoke, horse hair, fiddle strings and sheepdogs.