The last couple of days I have had to take a break from the farm to go be oriented about my ‘real’ job. I call it my ‘real’ job because it is the job that I am paid for. It is working out well for me. While I’m disappointed with the length of my commute, I am glad that I only have to make it twice a week.
I am really excited with how things worked out. I am working at a community college teaching classes to promote health or prepare students for careers promoting health. I like the philosophy of community colleges. The community needs a trained work force. Employers in the community work with the college to communicate their needs. The college educates and prepares people to meet the needs of the community. Fundamentally, it is really a beautiful example of sustainability within a community. I also like the fact that I have a job that pays, yet leaves me with five days a week to work on the farm and be with my family.
The first couple of days of work have reminded me of the ‘real world’. I don’t like the real world. I have had several jobs in the real world, even jobs that I liked and engaged myself in, but I think that fundamentally, real world jobs aren’t for me in the long run. Here is the thing, when I attend meetings, I can observe people jostling for position, aspiring and competing for higher ranks, more authority and higher wages. I don’t know that it is a bad thing, and I regularly find myself getting caught up in it. I think that I could excel as a community college teacher. I could get tenure and spend a career preparing students for the workforce in an area that I have great knowledge and passion.
The thing is that I just don’t want to. I spent much of today thinking of my kids and the chores on the farm that I wished I was able to do. I thought of starting my own farm and making it financially feasible. I could see myself working at a community college for years to come, but always on a part-time basis so I can continue to follow my dreams as a farmer. I am finding it really challenging not to get caught up in the aspirations for more authority, money and respect. It’s hard to go against the norm, but that must be what it takes to be a sustainable farmer.