Life in the slow lane

Searching for meaning
Josh Arrington posted this as a comment on a landbuddy story. But its worth reading – and responding to – in its own right:

I’m a 30 year old artist looking to begin a life off-grid. Ive grown tired of life in the city and want to get back to my roots. I grew up on a pig farm in Texas, far from anywhere, working every day on the farm and providing for our every need. We gardened for our veggies and raised all our own meat. I learned to hunt by the time I was 5 years old and my father actually owned and operated a firewood business and a fishing guide survice. I left home at 15 to become a professional bull rider — that didnt quite turn out. :)

Then I tried my hand as a semiprofessional kick boxer, once again didnt quite work out. Finally i went to art school and became a professional artist. yeah I know, wacky mix of interests. Anyway, I’ll be thirty this summer and I have completely grown tired of life in the fast lane.

I truly am so very upset with not only the shallow lives people live today but also Im entirely pained by the fact that everyone seems to have lost their connection with each other. In this age of comunication we have lost the practice of true comunication. We have forgotten how to love others. We have forgotten the true meaning of family. i want to get back to the life I knew as child. I want to start a family and raise my children in a simpler way full of love and true devotion. I want to wake up every morning to a woman I love and devote my entire life to. I want to sit down at a table each and every night with my wife and children after a beautiful day of productive work. i want to truly provide for my family, the way I was raised to do so.
I’ve come to realist that finding a woman in today’s world who has the same ideals as myself is a very hard task indeed. So, having said that, I’d love to hear from others who feel as I do. Please feel free to email me any time.

5 Responses

  1. Well Bud Arlington i never thought id find you n i can only hope you are doing well…i understand youre living off the grid thing but youre lesbian lovers would really appreciate a phone call.. you havent posted on here in a while but im praying that you will read this….miss and love you

    your neighbors

  2. Me too. Me too. But alas, finding a partner, and also someone willing to buy a huge spread for all would be most generous. Yet to see anyone come forward. And, heading for the woods is no longer an option, as the trees are dying at such a rapid rate, they are literally falling over. Geo-engineering, is killing all life. We are in for change indeed.

  3. Hello Josh just wanted to say if you are an artist you should look up Cody Lundins home on google. If your going to build look at his skylights he did with broken mirrors.. Beautiful. Lundin is my husband and childrens hero lol all 3 of our girls want to be just like him, and our son would be if he could.. Good luck and enjoy your adventure!

  4. Thank you for the comment. You are right, I have had little luch in relationships and I think it due to the fact that I really dont fit well in todays world. As an artist people seem to prejudge me and almost always they are so very wrong. I am an artist because i love the simpler beauties of the world. I love what I do because of the ability to evoke emotional responses in the viewers of my work, not for some misguided search for social acceptance.
    Im beginning to realise that its not so much a partner I am looking for but more a life style. A way of being. I was born far beyond my time. I am of simpler stock. Yes, I like anyone want love in my life but beyond that I am looking for family and comunity. I have so much to give and its frustrating me not having the chance to give it.
    In all reality , I am scared for humanity. I know that sounds fatalistic but if we stop and look at the state of not only the world but social structure as a whole, we cant help but see that we as a race are doomed to fail. Especialy here in the US. We have built a way of life that absolutely cannot sustain itself. I believe taht in the comming years humanity will face one of its toughest tests.
    I really dont know about the whole 2012 thing but asside from that, we face a very scary future indeed. Its is painfuly obvious that we have reached a breaking point in our own evolution. We have reached a point of destructive over population and this wonderful earth just simply cannot continue to weather the assalt.
    Annyway, yes, I woulkd love to start a farm and build it into a comunity living situation. I have a unique set of skills gained through life and I have a need to use those skills to help those around me. Where shall I start though. We all know well that artists make very little money., How do I start a farm without funding?

  5. Good luck to you, Josh : )!!!
    I think a good way to let things fall into place is by opening your farm to family in spirit at first (and probably always). Let people work there in exchange for housing, to build up the farm and get it running to capacity and eventually build up to a like- minded community.
    I think you’re coming into it young bt its an awareness that
    is going to be a fact of life in the next decades- city life is unsustainable and for our health and sanity, we all must return to a more natural state of living.
    Really use your foresight to be of service by starting a living example of a healthy, simple, natural lifestyle, a sanctuary from this chaotic Babylon, rather than just looking for a woman to come live in the woods with you, lol.
    It’ll happen naturally and you’ll get to really see her character and really see who she is if you meet her through working the land. Think about making the farm into a project for the community. Just a thought…

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