QOTD: March 29, 2017

Let them have dreams.

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what make you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world  needs is people who have come alive.”

-Howard Washington Thurman

Something that has been on mind is the question of wether this generation is overlooking the need to have people who provide the services and labor for a society to function.

Sometimes I worry that maybe too many of us are following dreams that don’t provide for society.

And then I realized something; perhaps it is just those of us who are chasing dream aren’t the one’s meant to provide those services and labor. I want to focus on farming.

Something I hear often about farming, is how we are losing older farmers and not really seeing many young people wanting to replace them. But how many people look at farming and say,”That’s what I want for my kids.”

Outside of the farming communities, I’d be willing to say few. But why do we want our kids to live our dreams for them. Shouldn’t we want to raise our kids to live the lives that fulfill them. Let them develop the talents they see as their strengths.

I understand that as parents we do have to corral the children from time to time and help them to really keep focused but I feel like watching my friends struggle so much with identity issues, really stems from spending their lives being told what to do.

Being told the had to reach a certain level of success their parents expected of them.

So, what if we keep pushing the kids who want to be farmers away from that because it doesn’t seem as successful as working in an office somewhere or being a doctor. Because the reality is being a farmer isn’t something just anyone can do. It takes, courage, drive, perseverance, an understanding of several areas of science, an understanding of economics and now more so then ever an understanding of the latest technologies.

It takes a passion.

Success isn’t about doing something great, it’s about doing what makes you alive.

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