Funny, I never would have guessed it, but looks like it's come to pass...
Recently, my wife and I inherited a ranch. 5 Acres, she even has a horse (and room for many more in the stables). A large house (4BR/4bath), and even
a tack business (horse related items, bits, bridles, saddles, that sort of thing).
Quite a big change from being two city people working 9-5 in the city, paying rent, living paycheck-to-paycheck. She grew up around horses, and we
always talked about maybe someday being able to work our way towards a place that was in the country enough to have horses. Of course, financially, we
were never really close to obtaining it.
All that has basically changed overnight. Even better, it's only about 5 min to actually go to the city (not our current city, but another one), so
kind of the best of both worlds. We can still go to all of the places we like to go to for convenience, but then retreat to our own little ranch.
I don't want to gloss over that it took the death of a loved one to happen though...we really didn't see this coming. He was relatively young
(60's), so we never even considered he wouldn't be with us for decades more still. Was a bit of a shock on many fronts. Still is, I suppose, really.
I think we're doing right by him with her continuing her father's business and all.
I'll still work in the city (and commute) for a while yet, at least until we're sure about how things will go (and while she learns the
business)..mostly to keep insurance and of course some steady/predictable income. But, I'm definitely going to have to "cowboy up" as it were on
evenings and weekends. We're looking for another horse so we can both ride...(I'm what I'd call a competent amateur, whereas she could live on the
back of a horse, hehe...)
Kind of like that old saying...be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. We certainly did. Will be a lot of work making the house a home,
learning the ways of the ranch and the business (luckily, we're both MBA's, so we have a good basis here)...but we're looking forward to the
challenge, and we've got a great support group of folks in the horse community, and our family and friends.
I hope all of you eventually get to realize your dreams as well, regardless of how much work it takes to achieve them.