Life experience in the farm
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Life is all about the choices we make. Some better than others. However, these choices define the course or paths we take in life and they are to a larger extent determined by several factors including our past history and the environments we have set foot on along the way. Growing up in a farm in a small town in the countryside in a family of four; two boys and two girls everything revolved around the farm and the farm work.
Farm life was characterized by wonderful scenes of green nature; trees, grass, crops and wonderful animals. The joyous noises of dogs barking, cows mooing, birds chirping, chicken clucking and machineries being operated within the farm never stole away the unexplainable deep peace and serenity felt all through as we inhaled the fresh air and enjoyed the green grass under our bare feet. It was a beehive of activities, from the rising to the setting of the sun. The farm work meant that there was always one thing or the other to be attended to from feeding the animals, tilling the land, harvesting crops, storing the harvest, market visits, vet visits, clearing and cleaning the compound to picking fruits and so much more. Growing up in the farm as a child was all fun and games, running around freely without a care in the world, seeing the cows bring forth new life, eggs hatching, a seed planted growing into a beautiful crop that would later be harvested and cooked for dinner. The experiences were tremendously mind blowing for any small child. There was always something to learn and experience, never a dull moment. We gained a lot of respect for nature and how nature works, a deep appreciation for hard work and diligence as we saw the time and effort everyone involved put into getting everything to work in harmony.
Looking back it seems that farm life played a great influence and a crucial role in the person I have become today. Hard work is one of the wonderful values learnt from the experiences in the farm as it requires a certain degree of selfless sacrifices of both mental and physical energy plus time for one to manage a farm successfully. Our parents worked tirelessly in ensuring that the farm brought in profits for its sustainability and overall growth. The value of hard work has been ingrained in my life and it makes me endeavor to achieve success in every aspect of my life.
The other valuable lesson learnt from experiences witnessed in the farm is appreciation for nature. Nature is unforgiving, some of the current disasters being experienced around the globe are as a result of change in the climatic conditions, popularly known as climate change. Trees and green life supply us with oxygen, therefore as dependents of oxygen for survival we need to ensure there’s enough supply of oxygen worldwide. However, due to deforestation through illegal logging and other environmental unfriendly activities including our carbon foot print being so high we risk the wrath of this so unforgiving nature. My environmental consciousness comes from the life in the farm, tending to plants and crops by watering them and feeding them with organic materials helps the plants to grow healthy and productive. It is with this same tender care we should apply to our environment by ensuring we dispose of waste matter appropriately, plant more trees and being mindful of or actions towards the environment we may just be able to salvage back a little of what has been lost.
Everything in the farm is all about planning, from when to plant, which seeds are of superior performance, to when the animals are served by the vet during breeding to harvesting and storage.