On my way to the farm today, I thought, “I don’t really feel like doing this today.” But then I realized I have had that same thought on other days when going to the farm, but once I get there, there is always work to be done that keeps my busy and I always end up enjoying myself and feeling glad that I went. Why, that’s just like going to the gym! I often don’t feel like going but once I get there I enjoy myself and after the work out, I’m happy I did.
The more I thought about it, working on the farm and going to the gym have a lot in common for me. Why do I go to the gym? I go to exercise so that I can be healthy. I am determined to dodge the cancer that has stricken both my father and sister. What’s another way to fight cancer? Eating lots of vegetables, which is what I get from the farm. The particular cancer that plagues my family is colon cancer and studies have shown that Vitamin D help prevents colon cancer. Where does one get Vitamin D? The sun! And I get plenty of sun while working on the farm.
Why else do I go to the gym? I go to set a good example for my kids, to not just tell them that exercise is important but to show them that it’s a normal part of one’s life. Why do I go to the farm? So I can practice what I preach, once again, and help myself and my kids eat local, organic, fresh and healthy foods instead of just telling them that that’s the right thing to do.
Another reason I go to the gym is for a social outlet for myself. I am a stay at home mom with four kids (2 that go to full day school most of the year) and don’t always get time to myself or time to just be an adult talking to other adults. Going to the farm provides that to me as well.
As the years go on, I find myself dreading going to the gym less and less. I am hoping that the same thing happens with going to the farm.