Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Peace of Remote Places

Girl on Farm

The below video reminds me of growing up somewhere small. I grew up in a town of 2500 people. Everybody knows everybody from the day you're born until you die. Everyone knew who my parents were, who my siblings were, and all of my relatives and I knew theirs. Life is slower, simpler, and for the longest time I hated it. When I was a teenager I was raring to go, to leave it behind and enter the wide world and explore. I needed to see new places and explore the world out far away. So I did. I moved, and I traveled when I had the money, and I still crave adventure. I still crave the newness of places.

The difference is, I always feel at home in remote places. Places of quiet lives. Places of simplicity. Being the child of a farmer wasn't easy. I had to do a lot less work at the farm than all of my brothers, but we weren't rich kids. We couldn't just take up and leave whenever we wanted, because my stepdad had lots of work always waiting for him. But we had fun. We learned the value of hard work, and the value of a brilliant sunset over the fields of alfalfa in southwest Utah.

I learned that everything isn't always handed to you when you want it, and that is ok. I learned that there is something to accepting life for what it is, and letting go of the need to control.

This video is a beautiful reminder of the life I will always have respect, and love, for. My heart feels peace watching this, and it is a similar peace to when I am in less crowded cities, small towns, and simple-lived lifestyles.

"We are all in the midst of the painstaking, glorious process."

+ Does it make you feel peace, too?

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  1. I love this looks so peaceful

    1. Right? I've watched it several times and when it shows her walking toward the sunset, I feel so peaceful.


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