Here is a little background on myself. I have been living on a farm all my life (22 years this October 26th 2017). I have owned an array of animals that include chickens, horses, a rabbit, dogs, cats, a few cows and fish. I am an only child, but as a little girl I considered the chickens and dog we had, as being like siblings to me. I know crazy right!

Now I am not about to say that people who live in town can't do what I am about to list. That is not the type of article. I just want you to know that "country folk" are not always like they are portrayed in the movies and living in the country has benefits pertaining to the lifestyle that one will never forget as an adult.

Also, to keep this short I will not be talking about the obvious things like farming land, driving a tractor/loader/etc., ranching, things like that. I am going to be talking about the things you might not think we learn or don't think about.

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The first thing living in the country taught me was time management. Not only do I live thirty minutes from town, but I also had to get up to do chores and get ready before I went to school. I always liked doing my homework right away so that way I could get it done and over with so I didn't have to think about it later that day. I think that my time management skills crossed over into my homework category as well.

Lets talk about the big "D" word (keep your mind out of the gutter). Let me tell you that I believe the soul of each and every one of us is the building block of who we are, and the body is just the vessel. What this means to me is that when you or an animal dies, the body left behind is nothing. I suppose that is why I do not cry at funerals. The body in the casket is no longer that person. I think knowing about that big word DEATH as a little girl, helped me realize that everything will leave this world eventually, some just sooner than others. I also want to make it clear that I believe their is a God (I am Catholic) and that this isn't some weird cult belief.

Image by Natalie Nicole

Do you know how to be a plumber, contractor, builder, electrician, etc.? In my family we believe that doing it ourselves is the best way to go because you never know how well a stranger is going to do it for you. That's just our motto. In my lifetime I have completely replaced the plumbing in both my grandma's house and mine, put in many electrical plug ins and rewired when needed, built a chicken coop and many other things when needed, serviced and replaced parts on most of the vehicles. I know how to use almost all of the tools properly and safely, how to work with an electric fence, and just recently we built a winterized stock tank for the horses. This isn't even the entire list of things I have done.

YouTube tutorials help a lot if you are planning on doing a big project.

When an animals gets out, I was taught how to be calm and patient during stressful situations or when things didn't go my way. I suppose this could also be classified as looking at things from another direction. Sometimes things do not go right and I had to find other solutions. Luckily most of the animals I had were tame enough we could halter them or persuade them with corn or a treat to get back in and then we could fix the fence.

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I suppose the saying "anything that can go wrong will go wrong" is tied directly into the country lifestyle because it seems to be that way all the time. A hose could freeze or break, animals get out, tree falls on the fence and breaks it and needs to be removed, the electric fencer stops working, deer run through the fence and break it, the hydrant starts to leak during the winter and freezes, and so on and so forth. (By the way, those are all things that have happened.) However I know that no matter what is thrown my way, I will be able to deal with it properly and as quickly as I can.

I hope that if you did not enjoy the article, you may have enjoyed the images I included in it! They are not of my actual home (though a later article may include some) unfortunately.