I’ve mentioned already that I’m taking this time of forced inactivity to learn all I can. That includes reading some wonderful blogs, but it goes beyond that. I also search the internet and YouTube daily on various topics.
As with any other research, one blog, website or video can lead me to other topics and ideas, but they can also be, in themselves, singularly inspiring.
This morning, I continued on a basic YouTube search for Homesteading. I’ve seen many videos, from outright farms off the beaten path, to Urban Homesteading in the middle of the city. This is one of the videos I happened upon. Homegrown Revolution http://youtu.be/7IbODJiEM5A .
This family has done some amazing and inspiring things with their property, just outside of the city.
Looking at all the green in their yard was inspiring enough, but as you watch, you realize that for them, there’s more to it than simply growing produce. They have embraced a way of living that is practically unseen in our culture now.
I have to admit, I’m a little envious.
I love their outdoor brick and solar powered ovens. I love their old-fashioned hand-crank appliances. I love that they produce enough extra produce, in such a small area, that they can sell what they don’t need to local businesses to supplement the things they can’t grow.
To me, this family is Urban Homesteading at it’s finest. They represent the lifestyle I want.
I’m not completely anti-technology. I’ll be the first to admit, I want a computer and internet and I don’t intend to give up my cell phone unless I have no choice, but to live so simply…to combine a little of the modern with a lot of the old…that’s what I want.
I asked myself, before I started researching, if we get stuck in the city, what can I really do? This family, and many others like it, proves that I can do a lot, actually.
The more I learn about Homesteading, the more I can feel the pull and call of it in my soul, the more I know, deep down, that this is the life I want more than any other.
I feel like my whole life has been building towards this.
I’ve never been really happy in life. I can’t put all the blame of our un-rooted life off on Paul either.
I’ve tried, and failed, at a lot of things. I’ve always felt restless, like I was searching for something just out of reach. I’ve moved from place to place, lifestyle to lifestyle, trying to find where I belonged and nothing ever seemed to really “fit”.
Usually, the more I’ve learned about something, the more unsure I became about it. It’s been different with Homesteading. The more I learn, the more I can see it clearly in my mind. Every day I find something else to get excited about. The idea of being able to walk outside and collect eggs for breakfast or the ingredients for dinner, the thought of homemade bread and cabinets full of mason jars that I know are there because we put the work into putting them there…I just can’t describe the longing I feel. That video kicked it up a thousand times over for me.
They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. That’s very true, and I’m taking that step…