We’ve heard the saying, “living vicariously through someone else”. It’s quite simply that ability to enjoy activities and moments without experiencing it directly yourself. As a parent, I have this feeling often as I watch my kids compete in sports and thrive with their activities.
What hit home for me recently was the help I receive from my neighbor at my Hobby Farm. I have owned the property since 2006 and farm approximately 12 acres. Every spring, summer and fall I go through very similar steps that we all see across the country in today’s Agricultural community.
As a retired farmer and current mechanic at the local implement dealer, my neighbor truly enjoys living vicariously through me. He is a great resource for equipment maintenance, which I am not well versed at, as well as general ideas for farming the land. The property I own was once in his family, dating back over 100 years, so his interest is certainly beyond just enjoying watching me work the land.
I was struck recently when I realized how important it is for my neighbor to have a role on my hobby farm, for me to never take for granted the value he adds and for us both to appreciate what is truly working today. The farm is in production for another year, that is our ultimate goal with enjoyable experiences along the way.
We all have these people in our life and as mentioned prior; we also live vicariously through others. I think some thought needs to be given to what that means to us, especially when the day comes and it’s gone. Appreciate what we have today!