Improvise, Adapt, Overcome. Be the expert.
So many Homesteader, Small Farmer, Off-Gridders don’t give themselves enough credit. Admittedly, most I see are 30 and 40 somethings that have had it with the city, knew nothing about self-sufficiency, but needed to escape Cubicalville. I get that. But enough with the self-deprecation! I know a lot of them, to avoid having to have a job at the same time, are trying to use You Tube and other means to generate incomes. To that I say, “more power to ya”. My answer was to work in high anxiety corporate hell until I broke down, and then take the money and run….. plunging it into our Shire.
But enough with the sad sack “We are all just learning and we don’t know what we are doing, we are just sharing our journey with you, tripe!” As I used to tell my rookies when I was a training manager, that simply by passing the regulatory and licensing exams that have allowed you to be here, you know more than 95% of the people you will meet and consult with……. act like it! At some point you need to admit that you know what you are doing. Admitting to setbacks doesn’t imply stupidity or lack of knowledge. No amount of knowledge could help you get through the plague of grasshoppers that the folks in Las Vegas are contending with, or the drought that wiped out our gardens last year, or any other unforeseen issues that continually come up. If you encounter it, it is called problem solving! It isn’t some Romper Room childish phrasing you hear from the clueless, suburban, BMW driving, bedroom nurseries that “It’s all a learning experience!” Hack Gag Puke! That is someone else’s desire to level you down to their ignorance. At some point you have to put on the big farmer panties and problem solve, adapt and overcome. It’s not arrogance to say so. How many tie wearing assholes have you encountered that think their heads are too big for their hats because they can swing a friggin’ golf club? This is self-sufficiency boot camp. You don’t get to stay there forever. At some point you need to go out and be a specialist in your chosen and self appointed mission. “Learning experience”….. blech! That’s like getting tongue kissed by your dog! I guess I won’t be doing THAT again. See- I learned. What a wonderful experience. Tastes like dog ass.
They don’t have graduation ceremonies for this kind of thing so at some point (in our case, 15 + years) you need to walk away from the folks that self-deprecate, put on a robe and tassel, walk across your own stage and say “Yes, we are experts and we know what the hell we are doing”. After all, even musicians become virtuosos at some point. In our case, we be rockin’ self-taught, semi-arid climate, vegetable growing, virtuosos! If you started down this path and you haven’t given up that means you are a problem solver. It means you have skills. It means that you can mentor and help. Just because you were told by society that we should all act like sixth graders, be subservient and use (dear god kill me now) corporate speak (I just thought I’d reach out to you and….. where’s my AR??!!) , doesn’t mean you need to bring that to your own life of freedom. Be free. Revel in your expertise. Very shortly, you will be in high demand. Your problem solving skills will be all you have. JAZ Farmers excel in what they do. Strap on the overalls and use your brains as well as your rake and shovel. Let the Citiots all talk like Dick and Jane. You are passed that now. You know your food doesn’t just appear in wrappers in a cooler at the Walliemart. Rise above it. Don’t slog through it. Rant Over. The End.