Delving too deep in the ‘macro’ may trigger an action for systemic change, but may hinder the ability to live the change in one’s own life.
Life changing actions are rooted in an event, a realisation, or an opportunity. These actions are often outside the comfort zone, even painful. Relocation to a different country, switchover from a corporate job to working with an NGO and getting initiated under a guru are examples. Such actions ‘reset’ or ‘restart’ life.
It doesn’t mean that every trigger culminates into an action. One may crib about the stressful work-life or pollution or health issues, but at a macro level. As long as the issue is ‘out there’, or ‘for someone else to resolve’, one continues to be in the state of inertia.
Making a transition to farm living is such an action – change in gears for some, change in direction for some. It is outside the comfort zone for multiple reasons, even painful. The action or the decision to make this transition doesn’t naturally follow a realisation that ‘farm living is beautiful or tremendously beneficial’.
All the above are macro-level phenomenon. At micro-level, you aren’t bound to adhere to macro findings. That is possibly the key to life changing actions. A lot of people, who delve deep into the macro issues, may take actions to change the world, but are unlikely to make a change in their way of living.
If you truly appreciate the idea of farm living and would like to move in this direction, here are some simple guidelines.
- To get out of the hole, the first thing you need to do is ‘stop digging’. Whether your concern is health, education or socio-economic exploitation, the first step is to stop moving in the wrong direction. If you’re clear that school isn’t benefitting (or harming) your child, begin un-schooling. If work is causing stress, get out of the race for promotions or better rating, try and stop working late, take up a lower paying job, which allows you more time for yourself.
- Discuss the idea of a transition objectively, point-by-point. Jumping to opinions and conclusions often kills the idea. This objective discussion is often discomforting. But it helps.
- Do your research. Doing a research does not mean you must be biased towards farm living. Find out the people who live on farms, their journeys, their reasons, their current state of fulfilment.
- Take trials. Nothing can substitute doing it yourself. To take a trial stay, you don’t need to quit your job or sell your city house.
- Lastly, once you decide to transition, burn the bridges of retreat. Every new journey will have hurdles. If you have the option to retreat, the fight won’t be full throttle.
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown many inhibitions out of the window – whether regarding working from home or managing the house without servants. We’ve all lived with many conditions we wouldn’t have thought possible earlier.