Rural life brings you back to the earth and forces you to look up into the sky above. A year ago our yard was 20’ X 16’ and this year it is a sprawling 10 acre farm that is surrounded by thousands of acres of corn, soy, and hay. Everyone here gardens, and why not? The lifestyle almost demands it. At night it only takes one clear starry sky to realize the simplicity of our complex universe. City folks may see the moon and a couple of bright planets. But when you live rural the night sky is alive with activity; active with hundreds of visible galaxies, thousands of stars and the creamy strip of the center of our own galaxy. This further grounds you to our tiny planet in a vast universe.
I find that rural people tend to care about what is important; family, friends, and their neighbors. People live on that they need, not what they want. In the city everyone is competing for status and money. Living rural somehow lessens that want. Since moving rural, I have learned to appreciate more important aspects of me and my life. When you have too much in your life, you tend to appreciate less the importance of whom or what is already in front of you. Having less is actually more. More time to enjoy on this planet, time to become closer to earth, and time to love my life and all who are in it.