One of my weaknesses is that I enter into debates that smarter people know to avoid. Here I go... knowing fully that if I were smarter, I would let this one go. (against the advice of my mother, putting waders on and wading in)
I don't know who the anonymous commenter is. I have two or three guesses, based on people I've had discussions with recently and over the past year. I could be totally wrong and this could be someone new.
I think it's amusing that folks like this commenter who have only known me within the last year think that they can read a few blog posts and know who I am. And then lecture me about what my dreams are.
Twenty years ago I had a dream to be an environmental engineer so that I could save the environment. I worked *very* hard for years and made that dream come true (not the saving the environment part unfortunately!), and then more clearly found out what's involved with being an actual environmental engineer working in the world. Hint: it's more about lawyers and less about improving the world.
I used to dream about having a job that would let me travel - and then that dream came true. Too true. Try traveling 90% of the time, with weekends for laundry and one week out of 10 spent at home. Picture living a life like that. And then know that I lived variants of that for years. Years! I actually loved it for much of that time.
Five years ago I had a dream to be a citizen of the world. I wanted to live overseas so badly I could feel it in my gut. I made that dream happen and after many very painful months in exotic locales realized how difficult that dream actually is to live.
For years, I wanted very badly to live in New York City. I never made that dream come true, but I lived in other large cities (and loved it).
The "dream" to homestead that the anonymous commenter chides me for 'giving up' was born in an apartment in the Middle East as I was daydreaming about being anywhere but in the Middle East. It is inaccurate .. strike that. It is totally wrong to assume that a dream I birthed mid-2007 is more important than any of the other dreams I worked for years to accomplish.
People read this blog that have known me for years, decades even. Some people read this blog that have known me my entire life. They are the ones that asked me privately, "what air did this 'homesteading' thing come out of?"
There are many folks that have been dreaming their entire lives about being a homesteader, and many who have been working very hard to make that dream come true. I am not one of those people. My homesteading dream was very new and very uninformed, but I can truly appreciate those who've been working harder and longer than me, now that I've worked for 2 years on it. I am going to spend my money and my time in ways that can make a better difference in the world, farmer's markets, local initiatives, helping other people that are spending time tilling dirt, making cheese, knitting, spinning, cidering, gardening, etc. I am not going to throw any more energy into the pit that is my huge commute and my lonely, snowy mountain far away from friends.
To the anonymous commenter: Go put *your* dreams of homesteading onto someone for whom it is really appropriate. My shoulders will not carry your dream for you.
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