Let me just stop you right there, friend.
The moment we begin comparing our lives to other people’s lives is the very moment we have failed. That is what is wrong with this country. If you have the mindset that you’re “better” than someone or doing things “better” than someone, then YOU are the issue with America. That’s how racism began. That’s how police officers shoot people that don’t deserve to be shot. That’s how police officers get shot when they haven’t done anything wrong while they serve and protect.
And if you see a homesteader doing that, whether comparing their lives because they want to be better, or comparing their lives because they think they’re the best…..stop them dead in their tracks. I dare them to say the things they say online to your face or mine. Because nine times out of ten, they won’t.
Stop it. Stop doing that. You’ve lost sight of what homesteading is. Homesteading isn’t “who has it altogether this way or that way.” Homesteading is a way of life. It is constant. It is not a race to the finish line.
If you are homesteading simply because you want to be prepared for the end of the world, that’s awesome. But that’s not what homesteading originally was. Yes, you heard me. And you know it’s true. You’re considered a “prepper”, not a homesteader.
If you’re homesteading just to make a quick buck, that’s not going to happen either.
Listen, I love my house. I love my animals. But I love my family more. YES, I’d fight for my home, land, animals, and family. But would I fight to death for my house and animals? Probably not. I always chuckle when someone says “if the government comes to take my guns, I’m going to shoot”. Yeah, sorry, it’s not worth it to me. My husband and I have seriously sat down and had this conversation before, just to be prepared for when that time comes. Certainly, I’d try to outwit them. But I’m not going to go to jail and leave my child without a parent. That’s just STUPID.
This is why I cannot stress to you more, to be prepared in ALL situations. If you are completely relying on your own personal property to pull you through a hard time, you may be highly disappointed when it fails, gets taken away from you, or animals start dying off because you don’t know how to make your own feed/hay. This is why I stress learning how to hunt, trap, live off of the land that surrounds you, not just the land that you own. Wild edibles. Birds. Squirrels. Deer. The bounty is in abundance in so many areas. Settlers survived, we should know how to survive as well. And believe it or not, that doesn’t involve having resources at your finger tips. That involves having knowledge.
And don’t you dare allow anyone to make you feel bad about where you are in your homesteading journey.
Amy K. Fewell is an author, family herbalist, entrepreneur, homesteader, and homemaker. Living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, her and her family live a natural homesteading lifestyle where they promote self-sufficiency and liberty. Amy is the founder of the Homesteaders of America organization and annual events. You can discover more on this website and at homesteadersofamerica.com