As far as life style and motivation? How do you think of yourself? Do you identify with homesteading as a way of life or are you a person who lives in the country? I see homesteading as a lifestyle, as a way of testing my grit and determination to see it through, especially through the hard times and the losses. If it where too easy, I wouldn't like it as much. I like the risk each day offers, the new events that make me think, "What should I do now?" The things I go without, the trials I survive, either by chosing to stay and see it through or by a true threat to my life, are all part of the life I wanted with living here. I don't want to buy everything or have someone else do it for me, even if I get hurt, I want the satisfaction of seeing the changes in our land, our animals, our home and ourselves all along the way, I don't want a vet to do all our animal care, or a Dr. to fix every pain, I don't want someone telling me what to do when I didn't ask, I want respect for what I accomplish, I want to keep most of the hard parts to myself, I believe that brings depth of character to a person, I look forward to achieving the end goals and each step along the way, as much as possible, by my own hand, I like to be different, an individual, not one of the masses.