I do, however, have a 'prairie mindset.' Though, to be honest, I am making that term up, too, and defining it to prove my point. But I digress.
A prairie mindset doesn't mean that your head is filled with endless fields of waving wheat or visions of wells and churns and soddies. It doesn't mean you wear sunbonnets, button up shoes and long skirts as you leave your farm and make your weekly walk into town.
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The pioneers did that. They went into unsettled landscapes, worked with the resources at hand, and built lives for themselves. They weren't concerned with doing anything splashy enough to warrant inclusion in history books, nor did they invent and contrive so as to earn patents and worldwide acclaim. They were busy building their lives, supporting their families, and working toward a 'better future.'
I want that. I want to be unafraid to go somewhere others rarely tread. I want to use whatever is at hand, rather than whining about what I don't have. I want to embrace my circumstances and use them as my starting point for building something more. I want to build my family and life around what I feel is important.
Even if modern society doesn't approve. Even if it's hard. Even if my children grumble.
I don't want an easy life. I want a life worth living.