Expectation versus reality

We all have big plans don’t we? Get good grades in high school, go to a good college and earn that Bachelors degree. After that it’s a good paying job, marriage , a house, and then kids.  

That’s all well and good, but most of us have realized, at least by our early 20’s, that plans sometimes have a way of unraveling.  Things come up, attitudes change, and sometimes your goals change as well.  Also, some times what you are suited for and what your plans are just don’t mix. You decide you didn’t like your major in college, or that high paying job was too stressful or taking too much time out of your family life.

My point is this, when starting any kind of large project, like a farm, a homestead or whatever it is, they all time take.  We all see those magazine articles online and in print about the people that successfully did such and such in a little over a year.   You’ve got to realize, if you haven’t had the same success in your endevour, don’t give up.  Everyone’s go in life will be different, yours may seem like its not going as well as someone else’s, but remember, your’s may be going better than someone else.  

Don’t get stuck just because someone is moving faster in their projects, getting more done, building more, having more animals, equipment, etc.  You can only do as much as you can do.  Don’t beat yourself up for not doing as much as the next person.  You can really only physically work as hard as you can.  Some people can work faster and doing things, and that may not be a good thing.

Farming life and ranching life is a life long commitment.  Plans you make in the beginning might not be feasible years down the road.  Plus, you need time to analyze your needs in the first place.  Those needs might not become apparent until after a good amount of time has gone by.  We still don’t know how much pasture land our cattle can graze on before it gets too short, even though its coming up on a year that we have had them.

It’s all hard work, but don’t be scared of it.  A lot of it is slow progress work too, because there is so much to get done.  With 1 or 2 people working at a time, acres of work takes a long time.  Don’t give up, just try to picture how it looked before you started something, and then look at it at the end of the day.  Look how much you got done and how good it looks!

You’ve got a piece of land that you can make your own.  You can’t make what someone else has done, no matter how neat or pretty it looks.  You have what you have, and you can take bits and pieces of what others have done and try them at your place.  If they don’t work, find something else that works well with you.  And if they do, then the 5 dollar price of that magazine was worth it!

It’s nice to dream big, planning is the main way to get things started and completed in such big projects.  Just don’t get dishearten when things don’t quite go the way you planned for them too. Maybe something bigger and better is around the corner!  Reality always has a way of coming in and messing around with your expectations. Just find a way to make it work the way you want it to


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