5 Signs Being A Farm Kid Prepared You For Real Life

5 Signs Being A Farm Kid Prepared You For Real Life

God, thank you for making me a farm kid.
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Growing up on a farm is an experience unlike any other. It wasn't an easy lifestyle to have had growing up, but the older I get, the more thankful I am to have grown up as a farm kid because it prepared me for life. Farm life is the ultimate life preparation tool and here's why.

1. You've Learn to Get Up Early

It doesn't matter how old you were, sleeping in was unheard of. There was too much to do and too little time to get it done in. So, you learned how to wake up early and now can't seem to stop that habit. Thankfully, knowing how to get up early makes making it to your 8 am class a little bit easier.

2. You Work Until the Job Gets Done and Do It Right The First Time

With a dozen or more things that need to get done each day on the farm. You learn the importance of to-do lists, taking it one job at a time and working hard until you're done. There wasn't any sense half-doing anything but you'd just have to redo it later which would take more of your time than it could have had you have done it right the first time.

3. Love and Loss

Animals are an essential part of farm-life. We're there when they're born, teach them how to drink from a bottle and bucket and how to be walked on the lead rope. A farm kid and her animals have a special bond. But, unfortunately, sometimes they're sold or pass away. As sad as those times always are, the farm taught me how to understand and cope with death and loss of a friend.

4. You Do What You're Told

Whether it be to go chisel-plow the back 40 or pitch the manure from the trench, you do it - without complaining. Growing up on a farm taught me to do what I'm told because there's too much work to be done to argue about it. Besides, there's nothing quite like a farm workout because there's never any need for a gym membership.

5. You Appreciate the Little Things

Faith. Family. Farming.

The three most important words in a farm kids vocabulary. You have faith in God to provide for the farm and your crop. You appreciate the family you have because they'll have your back no matter what. And, most importantly, farming: this is your livelihood and hobby. You grew up learning to love the land and the many things it can do, appreciating those.

The values that a farm kid learns on the farm aren't just something that they learn as they grow up, these life lessons stick with them throughout their entire life. Even as I get older and have just entered into the adult world, I'm thankful to have been raised a farm kid because to me, there is no greater gift that I could've received.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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