One of the toughest things for me to accept around here is the fact that things are going to take time. I don’t mind the effort or the work we put into this at all, but I do hate the wait. I hate that there are always going to be things that are going to take a while for us to reach. That’s the frustrating part. There are also going to be things that I just know personally, I’m not going to attempt.
These things are going to be different for everyone. But, knowing and defining what you want to achieve, what you’re not going to attempt, and that it’s going to take you time and a lot of effort to get where you want to be is all part of the process. Every single person out there is going to have their own limits. Me for example, I am never going to be a person to set up a composting toilet or outhouse on my property. Does that make us less than someone who had that as one of the first things on their list of things they want to achieve? Not at all. It just makes this our journey and not theirs.
I know for me, a composting toilet is something I’ll never do. It’s just not one of those things I have any desire to do at all. I won’t be planting wheat and grinding my own flour at this point in time, if ever. I’m still going to be going to the store to pick up some things. I’m not going to be making every aspect of our clothing or stop using certain hygiene products. We’re not going to give up every aspect of our lives, but we are going to limit them. We’ll still go out to dinner, just not at frequently as we have in the past. We’ll still take trips on the motorcycle or in general. There will be times I’m going to buy a pie out of the freezer section at the grocery store simply because I want to. And, I’m always going to fill our 5 gallon jugs with filtered water from the grocery store. I know this about us, I know these are things that are just going to happen and I don’t see how that’s an issue. Each person’s story is going to be what they want it to be, and who am I or anyone else to say that it is or isn’t right because it fits them personally?
What do we want to accomplish? My Lord that’s a long list! Someday we want to raise more animals for our consumption so we aren’t buying meat. We have the chickens now that provide us with eggs, and we will butcher when the time comes. We’d like to raise a few lambs a year for meat, and goats for milk. I want to start raising rabbits again for meat and to sell as 4H projects to local kids, it was one thing I absolutely loved doing. We want to raise as much produce and herbs as we possibly can, and preserve them to future use. We want to rely more on our wood stove for heat, and convert as many things to solar powered as possible. We want to be able to make as many of the things that we use as possible, from blankets, to furniture, and then some. We want to own and work our own piece of property eventually, and use that property and our skills to support ourselves. But knowing when the right time to incorporate these different things into our lives is the key to success I think.
I know now isn’t the right time for more animals. I know it takes more money that we have at our disposal currently to change everything over to solar power. Does that mean I give up on them completely? Not at all. Making a complete lifestyle change is something that’s going to take time, even when you’re jumping into it with both feet. It can be discouraging, and even disheartening at times. I’ve been so frustrated with things, because we want to be able to just snap our fingers and have everything exactly how we want it to be. But this, this is exactly what I mean by defining your limits.
Knowing what you can, can’t, and won’t do at any given time is the key to making monumental changes in your life. Having goals that are reachable and defined. Knowing that this is about you and yours, and what’s best for you. “Keeping up with the Jones’s” is a concept I never understood, and part of why we live the way we do already, and keeping your heart set on YOUR definition of the ideal life is what will keep you going. With the right mind set, attainable goals, and set limits you can achieve exactly what you desire as long as you’re willing to put in the effort.