I lived in New Jersey for 12 years. Had the "big jobs", commuted to New York City, from the western part of New Jersey took 5 hours around trip daily. Had the 'big house' and the big debt, but we did it for the kids. Oh as a counterpoint the town over had bigger houses with fancier cars. Talking to someone one day, we talked about the town over becuase the property tax was at the time 90's was in the $20K range.
The guy mentioned to me yeah, some of those 'mansions', with exotic cars in front if you were to go inside have little to no furniture. It was a fašade.
I really never chased a dollar, I liked the work from the challenge perspective. I liked the work (it involved commodity markets trading), because it was like you against the rest of the world. It wasn't like writing a report then submitting to someone for approval. The whole market knew exactly what you did good or bad.
But honestly I never found peace. All the money in the world can't give you that. Once the kids were a little older, I just said I've had enough, we moved to a small farm we owned in northern Florida. Yeah, gave it all up. The jobs I have down here annual salary was essentially what I was paying in taxes in New Jersey.
But getting on that tractor sun shining, I was finding peace. There is something about it.Can't explain it. Yeah, all my 'friends' up north basically disowned me. Could not understand why I gave it up.
I tell people yeah, I have an advanced degree but no skills. I can't fix a tractor. I look on this site and I see pictures of a stripped down tractor then after a while someone will post a before and after picture. First the tractor is stripped down to nothing and then it looks flawless mint, with the comment something like "I did this on my spare time". I have to stand in awe.
Folks one this site are farming 100's to thousand of acres taking business risks every year that would make Wall Street shutter.
Think of it every year starting out with just land, don't really know what the farm input costs are really going to cost the next year, have no control of the weather and really don't know what the 'finished product' is going be worth but every year, they make it work. Mostly by themselves. To me it's totally remarkable and I stand humbled.
These guys that were in the military, like JD Seller, 75th Rangers 4 tours in Nam. I was in during the tail end of that era. Even being a LT in the 1st Cav. All that training I had only to get knocked out of the box in a stupid training accident in CONUS. My driver fell asleep at the wheel during a night live fire exercise and we hit a tank at about 30 miles an hour. Well a 1/4 ton is no match for a 52 ton tank. God must of been driving because we hit the track and not the front slope. Had we hit the front slope I would not be writing this now. But my tour of service to all those that were in country, I feel like I did nothing.
The core values folks have on this site for God, Family and Country are second to none.
I really like your picture's from PA and you do far better work, then I can ever hope to accomplish.
In the end the value of a person is not what he has in his wallet, but what he has in his heart.
Maybe I'm getting a little long winded but I guess I had to talk too..
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