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How To Find Your Role On The Farm

You have an important role on the farm.

That role is being you.

Be yourself.

It took me years of questioning myself, "What is my role on the farm?" I was the newbie who was not raised on a farm, let alone used to living the country life. Cornfields surrounded me. There were no city lights except on tractors plowing the fields. I could not walk to the grocery store, borrow a cup of sugar or holler "Hey" from my kitchen window to my next-door neighbor.

I am not going to lie; the struggle was real. This life is hard and very different from the life in which I grew up. I repeatedly recited the right words to myself, and I would hear the encouragement from my farmer, family, and friends, but that did not fix my insecurities or figure out what farm role I would tackle. And am I even qualified for this role?

The answer is an absolute yes.

Finally, when I realized everybody's role on the farm holds value, did I find my place.

It was right in front of my face the entire time. I was questioning and comparing myself to other people. It is easy to fall back into self-doubt, "I'm not good enough" or "I wasn't raised on a farm." Just remember; you are your unique personality.

It does not matter if you spend your day wrangling cows or kids, slinging feed buckets or biscuits in the kitchen, driving a tractor, or meeting deadlines at your off-the-farm job; your role is important.

And I am proud of you.


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