In the six weeks since we’ve taken on this new lifestyle, a sort of transformation has occurred.
The transformation has more to do with us as a family unit than the land beneath our feet.
First off, to be clear, I love tech, gadgets, and social media. I mean I really really love.
This whole homesteading thing for us isn’t about trying to live like it’s the 1800’s. We view it like preserving an art form or culture.
Somewhere along the way many of us lost basic self-sufficiency skills. Skills that not too long ago were part of a normal everyday life.
That thought really became more apparent to me as I watched my kids quickly growing up.
To us as a family, we felt we were about to let something valuable slip away.
We wanted our children to know the joy of watching plants grow, seemingly overnight. I wanted them to pick a tomato they had a hand in nurturing and growing, announcing at dinner “This came from our garden.”
I think having everything made and done for you can cause the loss of child-like wonder.
To me, that’s the stuff a fruitful life is made of.
I’ve seen in my children’s eyes the joy of finding a mockingbird’s nest hidden in a blackberry patch and marveling at the color of the eggs and how perfectly they nestled in that nest.
And the excitement grew this week as I ordered our first baby chicks. The kids have already decided on names for them.
Mind you they still play video games and watch movies, but we wanted to give them something that when touched, had a life force, something that could speak to their hearts and souls.
What does this all have to do with health and fitness? It wasn’t too long ago I asked myself that same question. But as the days pass here I’m convinced there’s a huge connection between the two.
This lifestyle isn’t for everyone. It’s dirty and messy and definitely not glamorous. And you have to drive a little further to a Starbucks.
But I’d encourage everyone to make living things a part of their health journey. If not just to see if it adds positive and helps push away negative thoughts and feelings.
I’d love to know what you think!
Do you think there’s a connection between health and nature? Even in the smallest way, how do you make it part of your life?