The Disease - The Prognosis  (2009) by Mary

For us, it was a silent disease. Or, perhaps, just ignored. We didn't know it had a name until it already consumed us. I self-diagnosed after reading an article in Mother Earth News by Jenna Woginrich. There it was. "A sudden overcast feeling that hits you while at work or in the middle of the grocery store checkout line. It's unequivocally knowing that you want to be a farmer - and for whatever personal circumstances - cannot be one just yet." "It is a dreamer's disease: a mix of hope, determination and grit." I had Barnheart Disease! Shockingly, so did my husband. You'll need to read Jenna's descriptive article, in case you may have it also, and wish to start living a life compatible with the disease in order to be healthier and happier.

Looking back, I realize we had symptoms for some time. There were always yearnings while driving in the country to visit our parents; planning just where we could carve out an acreage with any interesting view. And, oh, how we wished we could buy my father's farm. Just fantasy, we knew, because our jobs were in the city.  

The years passed by. Too many years. Then, our lives changed almost as fast as when a doctor gives an alarming diagnosis. This Barnheart disease that made us crave quiet country life, turned us into two completely different people. People our grown children weren't used to, and viewed in varying light. In looking back, we had at least a year of living in ecstasy; our minds and bodies going full blast without a stop. Amazing, since we were in our mid sixties.

Tip: Don't wait too long to follow your dreams.

Quote: "Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is
regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."    -- Sydney J Harris                                                                                                                          Land       

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