It is good for a person to know if they are a magical thinker. For example, I think it would be wonderful to live on the North end of my property where the sky is darker and a county road is not right on top of me, but there is no electricity there. I think to myself that will be okay, I don't have to have electricity, I can wash my clothes in a bucket and I don't really need a refrigerator. After about 2 years of thinking this I finally realize I really really want a washing machine and air conditioning when it's 100° for 3 and 1/2 months in the summer! And if I have to live on top of a county road to get it I will. But, it took me 2 years to figure out what was true for me. So now I know that I am prone to magical thinking and I have friends now whom I can run my decisions by and they will tell me if that sounds reasonable or not. So, if you don't know yourself very well before you start homesteading, you sure will afterwards!