5 Lessons From Falling In Love With Agriculture
This past summer marked my sixth anniversary of falling in love with agriculture. Yes, that's right, six years since we had our rom-com fireworks moment.
It started with one family, who went out of their way to educate a young, eager girl about the joys and discomforts of farming and let me tag along to shows and experience the dairy industry first-hand. They even introduced me to FFA and that stunning blue corduroy jacket.
To celebrate this “ag-iversary,” here are five lessons I have learned from agriculture.
There are more hard days than good days, or at least it seems that way.
Remember to take it one day at a time, stay strong, and blessings will follow. Don’t let that one bad day ruin your positive mindset. In these situations, look to the future for hope.
“…In the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.”
This quote from the FFA Creed tells us that everything has come from a struggle, and those struggles turn into something positive.
Pay attention to your surroundings, because you never know what you’ll miss.
Don’t get so wrapped up in a project, or work, that you forget to soak in the sights around you. Enjoy a good sunset, or a much-needed rain storm. Take the time to go out of your way to appreciate the little things we often forget about.
There is always someone better.
I always thought I had to be the very best, but I now realize if I put my heart and soul into everything I do, that is success.
As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, you don’t need to be named the “winner” or the “best,” you just have plain fun doing the things you love. You should learn from the mistakes that you and those around you make, take notes on their successes and apply it to your passions.
Get out of your comfort zone.
Do something that scares the living daylights out of you and learn something new about yourself. Conquer your fear of heights by completing a high ropes course, jumping from a cliff into a lake, or even being completely alone in a room full of strangers. Don’t let your head get in the way of having the time of your life.
Cherish your friendships.
Relationships formed in the agriculture community are among the strongest. You'll make friends who want to see you grow and succeed and will help you achieve your dreams. They are the people you will call upon in times of need, and for celebrating life’s sweetest moments.
Falling in love with this industry has shown me so much over the years. I have learned who I am as a person and where I want to go in the future.
To agriculture, I love you now and I’ll love you always! Six years down, forever to go!