I spent the greater portion of last year on a ranch.  I was volunteering, and therefore broke most of the time, but it was one of the happiest periods of my life.  I think there’s something to being outside for the day.  Even when I came home drenched in sweat, I was content.  Seriously, unless you’ve worked in Arkansas during a record-breaking heat wave (which has since been broken, probably due to climate change), you can not imagine what a body goes through.  But I would give up my salaried, indoor position in a hot minute for a long-term position like that one.  I’m learning a lot in my new, real job.  You know, the one I went to college to obtain.  But it’s not fulfilling.  I don’t know what it is.  But still, more than six months after I left, I can’t get used to being indoors.  I’m happiest sitting on the front porch of the little house I can now afford to rent, but it’s not the same at all.  I feel so out of touch with everything, despite being more on top of national and world events than I’ve been in years.  I think I have a fundamental need to be a part of nature.  I suspect more people do than realize it.  I don’t know how to get back into it in a way that might actually pay off my student debts, but I’m making a resolve to at least research it.  

Happiness is worth more than money. 


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