There are so many benefits to living on a homestead that most people just wouldn’t understand. No matter what is motivation you to consider homesteading, I sincerely hope that you do.
Life on a homestead is very simple, yet requires a lot of work. When you wake up in the morning, you know what you need to do today without a doubt. There is driving to an office and waiting for someone to tell you what to do.
One of the biggest benefits for me is that I get immediate satisfaction for whatever it is I am doing. As soon as I finish tending to the garden, I can see how great it looks and feel proud. I’m not looking to make anyone else happy, I am looking to make sure that me and my family survives.
The list of benefits to living on a homestead is lengthy, so I only included what I believe to be the 5 most liberating. I hope that you enjoy this article and make sure that you subscribe to see more!
If you can keep a job by showing up on time and going through the motions every day, there is no reason to have a good work ethic. In fact, a recent study found that 70% of workers in The United States are not engaged with their work at all. That means that 70% of all workers in The United States are fine with being average and are only showing up for work for the next paycheck.
Survival is the most influential motivation for building a great work ether. Knowing that you won’t survive if you kick back and relax will get you moving every time
The fact that most homesteaders can’t just go out and buy food or equipment because they failed to take care of it properly is also a huge motivator. If there is no other option but success, then you are much more likely to succeed. This is often referred to as “the power of broke”.
You need to go at everything you do on your homestead with a great work ethic. Giving the garden 60% might give you just enough food to survive the winter, but you will wish you gave it 100% when a shelf falls and smashes 20 jars of canned beans. Even if you don’t end up needing that extra produce, selling produce is one of the best ways to make money on a homestead!
Living on a homestead allows you to live without anyone else’s help. It might help to have family and friends around for big jobs, don’t get me wrong, but you really could survive on your own if you needed to.
If you are working a 9-5 job in corporate America while living in an apartment, you are relying on a lot of other people for your survival. You are trusting that your company will continue to make money and pay you. Then you are hoping the apartment complex continues to pays their bills. There is nothing wrong with this if it applies to you, I am just using that to prove a point.
On a homestead, you can still produce your own food if a large bank suddenly shuts down. You are or can be completely self reliant if push comes to shove. Self-reliance is a great thing to have in the world that we live in today.
When go to the grocery store and pick up a steak, you see it as just another food product that you are grabbing off the shelf. Your average shopper isn’t processing that a cow gave its life to produce that meat that you are about to eat. The grocery store doesn’t want you to think about that, and do their best to set up the meat area so that you don’t have to.
Homesteaders have a much great appreciation for the lives that were given to produce anything they eat. You will get this appreciation the very first time that you slaughter an animal to feed your family. It’s just something that you can’t possible forget.
You will work very hard to ensure that your animals are well taken care of and that the end is swift and humane. It is important that this process goes smoothly, for both you and the animal.
Everyone in my family has a purpose and that they are all acutely aware of what that is. Anytime a family member is out of the loop for just a few days, the homestead feels the effects. When they come back, everyone is grateful and lets them know that.
You also get a greater sense of purpose while working with your family closely all day. When my kids get home from school, they jump right into chores right next to me. This allows me to talk to them about how their day went. It builds a stronger connection that it would if they came home and turned on the TV.
When you are driving sometime, pay attention to some of the zombies walking around on their phones. Notice how they are oblivious to everything going on around them. They will walk into poles, trip in potholes, and even walk into each other if you are really lucky!
Living on a homestead doesn’t allow you to be oblivious to what is going on around you. You will need to know what you are about to walk into or step on. Not paying attention is dangerous and most people only need to learn this once! Sink to your ankle in cow poop once and you will be watching your feet no matter where you go!
You also pick up more queues in nature when you live on a homestead. You know what a subtle temperature change or cloud shift really means. You will be much more aware of what is going on around you and what you will need to do to account for it.