Old enough to drink? Could care less. 

Adult life? Already there. 

I’ve never been one to get excited about turning a new age. Maybe I’m too busy to worry about it, maybe I’m too involved in chasing passions and ambitions to care. 

I’ve been told many times that I am extremely mature for my age. Maybe I’ve always felt as though I’m twenty-one.

Growing up on a farm, I’ve known nothing less than jumping in, breaking a sweat, and working hard, but I’ve learned many things on my way to year twenty-one:

Age doesn’t define you

I more or less started a business when I was seventeen, but was born with an entrepreneurial streak. My grandma Taylor taught me to crochet at a young age. Once I got the hang of it I was cranking out scarves left and right. I’ve sold them at the tree farm, online, you name it. 

Passions speak louder than words, and if you are a young aspiring farmer, rancher or business person, don’t be afraid to get your feet wet. Start that farm-direct beef biz you’ve always dreamed of, sell at farmer’s markets, do what makes you happy. At age 18 I spoke at a Grow by Farmher conference because my business caught their eye. Never tell yourself you’re too old or too young to do something.

Work harder than anyone in the room

No brainer, I know but hard work defines good people. No matter what skillsets you lack, hard work beats talent every. single. time. From showing cattle, to business, to school this has been my mantra. It gets tough to follow, but I’m too hard headed to give up. Keep your values in check, be a good person and work hard, it’ll take you further than your name.

You’re never too important to be nice to people

Kindness will take you further than you expect, because no one likes a bully. I’ve been around my share of unkind people. They are not my kind of people. County fairs can bring out the best or worst in people, we all know those types, and I witnessed it first hand this year. Do the right thing, make friends and enjoy every moment. 

Be authentic

Never sell yourself short for something you don’t believe in. I’ve watched too many friends sink themselves because they felt the need to act or be a certain way. Stay true to yourself, be you, even if you’re different from others. Uniqueness will make you stick out in that job interview, on the job or out an about.

As I closed out year twenty on Saturday, I’m interested to see where twenty-one will take me. I’m thinking it’s going to be fun. Interesting. Exciting. Scary.

Callie Taylor