It was a simple question; “Why did you become a farmer?”

Last week I was interviewed by a high school student doing a project on agriculture. I thought that the answer to her question would be easy but it was more challenging than I realized.

In truth, I didn’t always want to be a farmer. I always loved the farm but my thirst for knowledge and change kept me daydreaming of other careers. At one time it was being a veterinarian and at another it was a meteorologist. Once I even sat down and filled out a teacher’s college enrolment form. The wake up call came as I finished up my animal science degree at the University of Guelph. My dad needed new knees and I was given the ultimatum to take over the farm or it would be sold. It was a stressful time for me.

Looking back I have no regrets. Farming is challenging beyond belief and rewarding beyond measure. So what about my other interests? Perhaps I’m not a meteorologist but I get to live the weather every day. I didn’t go through vet school but I married a vet and I get to nurture and care for animal as a career. The teacher in me is content sharing farm life with my family and the world.  Life is good.

Sometimes we spend too much time searching when what we are looking for is right under our noses.

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