In my experience, the most exciting and entertaining books are ones that come out in portions – a volume this year, another the next. The time between volumes lets you reflect back on the adventure and ponder where it will lead on. This format also gives the author time to craft a truly magnificent piece of art; unrestrained with any kind of pressing need to finish it and present it as one piece, the story is given a chance to drip out, not pour out. The result can be a more enriched world, a deeper sense of characters, a better thought out approach.
With this in mind, it becomes easier to admit to myself, and thus to you, that this first volume of my farming life has come to an end. Circumstances simply are what they are, and my dream must once again be put on the shelf for the time being.
For a long time after realizing this, I felt as if I was a failure. Thankfully I’ve had time to reflect and I see that this is not the case at all – I am someone who tries to get her dreams, who strives for greatness, and who is capable of many awesome things.
Everyone fails. It is only by not learning from failure that we continue to be wrong. Learning from your mistakes is the only way to truly understand the right way to do something. Failure is nothing to be ashamed of!
So here I stand in front of you today, back in my hometown, thinking thoughts I should have thought of years ago, planning my next moves so that I can get realigned and back on track towards my goals. I can’t promise any more cute animal pictures for I have no cute animals of my own to share. However now that the weather has brightened up, I am encouraged by the warmth of the sun on my skin to get out onto some farm and do some kind of farming, snuggle some kind of cute baby animal! So to my local farmer friends, if you want a hand this spring/summer, I’d love to give you a hand in exchange for some time spent with my camera and your animals, and perhaps a sandwich too 🙂
To all my readers, thank you for your loyal viewership during this adventure. I will probably be migrating back to writing on my main blog at meaganhanes.com/blog so feel free to follow me there! However I don’t think I’ll be able to keep my farming spirit quiet for too long, and this site IS my car’s license plate…