A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called How Hard Can It Be? in which I scolded people who are armchair preppers or keyboard gardeners for thinking homesteading or self-sufficiency is a piece o' cake. Quoting from the post:
"Too many people think homesteading is a snap. Eh, how hard can it be? You plant seeds, they grow. In a few months you harvest a bountiful crop and can/freeze/dehydrate it. You get a cow, you milk it. Criminey, what’s the big deal? How hard can it be? ... What concerns me are those who people think they’ll wait until AFTER the bleep hits the fan to move rural and learn self-sufficiency ... because, after all, how hard can it be?"
"Because I don't know where else to put this, I thought I'd add that we've found out that you're right -- it's hard to be self sufficient. We've lived in our new place for 9 months and wanted to do chickens and a garden first. I was SO proud of our garden -- it's neat rows of baby green things shooting up. Then, a storm to end all storms, torrents of rain washed all my seedlings away and the garden never recovered. As for chickens, we had 21 last spring and since then we've lost 2 to owls, 16 to raccoons, and the remaining 3 have mites. Listen to Patrice, y'all!"
I sincerely hope Heather sticks it out. The learning curve is steep on a homestead, but well worth it in the end!
UPDATE: Reader "Montana Guy" had an excellent point: "The only ones who never fail are the ones who never try to create anything." Amen and well said.