I’m in a Hurry…

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At Billy Bob’s with my best friend Brittany Kelly!

By Lauren Schwab

We are always racing the clock on the farm. There never seems to be enough time on the farm. We always struggle to get ahead and often quit for the day simply because out bodies are ready to give out. However, hustling to get ahead is also the reason for my dad’s success because there is no room for someone in second place to him. Most days I often look at his exhausted body and distress and do not know how he goes on. He will start his day at 3 a.m. several days a week and most importantly on Sundays, just to make it to church where he tries to keep himself awake during the sermon. I admire him so much. My parents have raised me to equate hard work and exhaustion with success rather than money. Most people in my generation would never want to farm looking at how hard a farmer’s lifestyle is. Most people want the most money for the least amount of work as possible. My dad sees his success all around him and in his children being by his side. He does more work than my brother and I combined just to give us opportunity.

While I am proud of his hard work, I often worry about his mental and physical health as he gets older. While he claims this work keeps him healthy, I can see the toll it takes on him and I just want him and my mom to have a happy life. Were always in a hurry to get things done, I just also want life to be fun. Each day goes by faster and faster and you can never get it back. As Alabama says in their song, “I’m in a hurry to get things done, rushing rushing till life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.” I know we get in a hurry because the pigs lives and our lives depend on it, but I don’t want life to pass us by. I have been trying to appreciate the moments we have together in the midst of all our rushing, by capturing moments to share with all of you through  my writing, photos and video.

In the midst of life’s chaos, try to capture precious moments and take time to slow down the clock. While a minute will remain 60 seconds, make the most of those 60 seconds by telling someone you love them, snapping a photo or video, or simply stopping to say a prayer of thanks to God who has made your life possible. Have a great weekend and play this cover  of “I’m in a Hurry” by Florida Georgia Line to put a pep in your step on a busy day!

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