Hello! I recently purchased 9 acres in Trapper’s Creek, AK. It has road access and frontage, and is level with mostly birch and cottonwoods on the property and I’ll have the well drilled in the summer when the weather’s warmer. I’m a professional artist, and I’ve been planning a little homestead for a long while now — I’ve drawn up all the plans, with straw bale/cob structures, the garden and animals (rabbits, goats and maybe a few chickens). I bought the property outright — and currently own my own home in PA, mortgage free, and plan on selling it and all the contents to begin my journey on starting my little homestead. I already have had a country town homestead for a while, with growing my own fruits and veggies, composting, canning, living frugally, fishing and hunting, etc. but now, I’m sad to admit something — I’m getting cold feet. I am afraid that now that I’ve reached the half century mark — maybe I’m too old. I don’t plan on being completely off the grid, etc. and I’m in good health and a hard worker, but I’m starting to fear the unknown — maybe the reality of leaving my elderly parents and my grown children — my 20 something year old son is fired up to come along and help, but so many people keep saying we’re crazy, it’s starting to take root in my psyche...I don’t know. I used to think there were no limitations on what I wanted to do...now I’m feeling boxed in a bit. The land and the plans are there, I’ve worked on them long and hard, and now I’m getting cold feet and I feel sad about that. Is there a time to hang up the spurs so to speak? I guess I’m looking for opinions from other “late bloomers”.