Farm kids are well known for their ability to work hard, help out a fellow neighbor, and give the shirt off their back. They are wonderful people who have hearts of gold who have a lot more to offer than just a helpful hand. Farm kids can teach us things that are hard to learn. There are five very important things we can learn from farm kids.
The first and most important: How to Laugh
Everyone can laugh. Maybe to be polite or after a silly joke, but can everyone laugh so hard that their belly hurts? Farm kids have to make their own fun. They don’t have video games, YouTube videos, or Facebook. They have nature, animals, and each other. Maybe it’s new baby kittens playing in the grass or chickens eating bugs out of the grass, but they make every moment enjoyable, full of fun, and can laugh until their belly hurts. Don’t let life get in the way of your journey. Laugh loudly. Laugh daily. Laugh nonstop.
The second: How to Forgive
Farm kids deal with issues almost daily on the farm. There are mistakes made. There are problems that arise. It’s easy to play the ‘blame game’ and accuse someone of creating this problem, but there isn’t time for excuses and blaming. There is only fixing. Not only do they fix the problems on the farm, but they forgive whoever made the problem. Whether someone left the gate open and all the cows got out or if someone planted a row of corn crooked, they deal with every situation. Life is too short to always be upset with one another. It’s easier to forgive and forget.
The third: How to Love
If you have ever talked to a farm kid about their animals on the farm you will instantly know what true love it. Farm kids grow with their animals. The animals are a part of their family. When you see a farm kid giving up his/her own clothes to keep an animal warm, you see love. When you see a farm kid feeding his/her in a blizzard and risking their own health to make sure their animals are full and happy, you see love. When you see a farm kid cry as his/her animal is hurt, you see love. Remember that love isn’t always in a fairy tale story. Love is everywhere, you just have to embrace it.
The fourth: How to Live a More Simple Life
This is a tricky one that farm kids do so well. Their happiness isn’t in a new pair of jeans, a new XBox, or the newest and latest trends. Farm kids enjoy the very simple things in life. The fresh air, feeding their animals, watching the birth of babies, and driving tractors. These things are important to their lives, yet they are so simple. Farm kids remind us to put down the electronics, smell the fresh air, and enjoy the things around us. Take a deep breath, take time for yourself, and try to really figure out what is important in your life. Make your life less complex.
The fifth and final: How to See the Good in the Bad
Farm kids will tell you this isn’t easy, but has to be done. Bad things happen on the farm. Some animals die. Corn crop fails. Tractors break down. People get hurt. No matter the situation farm kids are grateful that things aren’t worse. They are thankful for the things they are given and know that anything can be fixed with time, patience, and a little bit of faith. They keep their chins up and never let a bad situation stop them from moving forward. Farm kids are resilient. Always have their cups half full. Their love for the land and animals keep them motivated to see through the bad situations and rise above them. If you can learn anything from a farm kid, learn that things could always be worse. Try to remind yourself of the good things in your life and the things you are lucky to have.
Farm kids have a lot to offer. They see so much good in life and make the best of every situation. Happiness is key on the farm and they thoroughly embrace it. Try to bring out your inner farm kid and learn how to enjoy life to the fullest.