I keep reading blog posts about how we don’t have to have a bunch of land, or even live in the country, to be homesteaders. And although I do know that to be true, in my mind, I kept kind of shuffling it aside while preparing to “become” a homesteader. I don’t know if I just had some sort of aha moment…an epiphany…or SOMEthing… but something just clicked inside my brain and made me think ‘why wait?’… Indeed, why do I have to wait until I can afford to buy land? Why do I have to wait until my daughter has finished school and moved out? Why? Short (and only) answer: I don’t!
Sure, there’s a bunch of things I want to do as a homesteader that will have to wait until I own my own forever land…such as a walipini…something I just accidentally discovered on Pinterest…. such as owning goats, cows, sheep, etc… such as solar/wind/water energy… all these things will come once I own the land under my feet. But for now, I can still be a homesteader in every way that I CAN be!
From where I am today, I can have a garden large enough not only to feed my family fresh produce year round, but also to have enough extras to sell at Farmer’s Markets or roadside stands and bring in a little extra cash. From where I am today, I have the space to have a chicken coop large enough to not only provide my family with fresh eggs daily, but also have enough to sell a few dozen here and there to neighbors, friends and family members! From where I am today, I’m able to can as much food as I want to keep over the winter, due to the fact that we live in a house where pretty much the entire basement is a cold cellar (or a dark and creepy dirt floor spider house into which I will only go if I kick the breaker when my hubby isn’t here to go flip the switch for me…SHUDDER!!!!… but that’s okay, he can bring the food up and down for me. hehe)
I don’t have to wait to darn socks and sew buttons and patches…I don’t have to wait to bake my own bread and reduce our household waste…I don’t have to wait to live a frugal lifestyle… so what AM I waiting for??? There’s no time like the present, is there?
So yes…for now, we won’t be off-grid, and we won’t be 100% self-sufficient. But every journey starts with a single step, and then another, and another. So with every new step, we will become more practiced, more seasoned, more knowledgeable….and one step closer to achieving our goals.
The internet is full to bursting with information and resources, completely free at my fingertips. And as much as I want to go back to a simpler way of living…I’m very glad for this technology that puts all of the world’s encyclopedias right on my dining room table…minus the dust, and the paper cuts!
Why wait?… I won’t!