What I Learned From Growing Up On A Family Farm
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

What I Learned From Growing Up On A Family Farm

The values of working hard and a creative imagination.

40
What I Learned From Growing Up On A Family Farm
Rick Holliday

I am and always will be a proud farm kid. I grew up on a family farm northwest of Williston, North Dakota. The farm is so engrained in who I am today that it is hard to imagine what I would be like without it. In fact, looking back, I can point to many things about growing up on the farm that helped me become who I am today. Some of the great things I learned were the values of working hard and a creative imagination.

The first one is one that seems like it fits the most with growing up on a farm. Truth be told, there is no shortage of work on a farm. Spring is calving season and when we plant. Summer is more free than most but still has work such as bailing hay or moving cows between pastures. With Fall comes Harvest, the busiest time of year. And finally, even in Winter we have to feed the cows everyday. What I am trying to show is that there is an incredible amount of time and effort that go into faming. From a young age, I participated in this work. I started off by feeding the cows and mowing the lawn and was soon driving tractors or trucks for whatever needed to be done. This instilled in me the value of working hard. There were several reasons for this I think. First, when you work hard the job goes by quicker. Second, a job well done doesn't need to be done again. I see this value in myself in many places, such as at my job as a summer camp counselor. At the end of every week we would get a check list of things that needed to get done before our time off. I found that during times like those I like to just go, go, go so to say, that is, to move from one job to the next until they are all done. I think this value is a very important one to have and is one that I am definitely thankful for.

The other value is that of a creative imagination. Of the two, this one is he one that might not seem to fit, but it is also the one of which I am the most thankful. Growing up on a farm, I spent much of my time outside. Nothing passes the time better outside than an active imagination. I remember great times with my cousin when we played an outdoor game we invented called "Famine" where we pretended we were on an island and had to survive. We would wander around the farm playing this game and during those times the farm was our world. We came up with other games eventually but one thing was always consistent, our active imaginations. Because I spend so much time outside playing with my cousins or siblings, I believe I developed a more creative imagination. And that is one reason I am truly thankful I am a farm kid because what I really enjoy is making stories, whether in my head or on the page.

Overall, growing up on a farm made me into who I see myself as today. I am immensely thankful of that family farm and could never imagine who I am without thinking of it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

7 Reasons SoCal Rocks!

75 degrees and sunny, plus, no humidity. I mean do I really need to say more?

89
woman in black and white long sleeve shirt carrying girl in red jacket in Venice beach
Photo by Jeff Hopper on Unsplash

SoCal summers are the best summers by far, and honestly, no argument is needed. But, if you aren't sure why SoCal summers are the best, here are 7 reasons why!

Keep Reading...Show less
Entertainment

25 Lyrics for Selfie Captions

Because let's be honest, we all use lyrics.

51606
woman takes a selfie for social media
Pixabay

Sometimes you can't think of the perfect caption for your Instagram post. I love using lyrics as my captions because there's so many great lines in songs that just seem to fit in the moment. Here are some lyrics that could work for your selfie or pictures of you with your friends!

Keep Reading...Show less
Entertainment

Bruce Springsteen's Top 7 Lyrics

Everything Bruce says in his classic rock songs.

18751
bruce springsteen album cover born in the usa

Anyone who was born and raised in New Jersey (or anywhere really) knows of Bruce Springsteen, whether or not they like him is a whole other situation. I hope that his hundreds of classic rock songs and famous high energy performances, even in his sixties he can put on better concerts than people half his age, are at least recognizable to people of all ages. Love him or hate him (I identify with the former) you have to admit that some of his songs and interviews have inspirational quotes and lyrics.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

New England Summers Are The BEST Summers

Why you should spend your next summer in New England.

2188
Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less
Entertainment

Fibonacci Sequence Examples: 7 Beautiful Instances In Nature

Nature is beautiful (and so is math). The last one will blow your mind.

238059
illustration of the fibonacci sequence
StableDiffusion

Yes, the math major is doing a math-related post. What are the odds? I'll have to calculate it later. Many people have probably learned about the Fibonacci sequence in their high school math classes. However, I thought I would just refresh everyone's memories and show how math can be beautiful and apply to physical things everywhere around us with stunning examples.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments