Often many people overlook the philosophy behind off grid living. They watch the you tube videos, they read the amazon books, and to often then not they organize a list of what they need to address to go off grid. Property, tools, garden, solar/wind, tractor, pantry ect ect. They address all the essential elements to create that perfect homestead yet when they move they find themselves depressed, struggling and having a hard time adjusting.
I remember watching one poor woman's plight as she sat boxed in with her husband and children living off grid in a yurt. She was clearly depressed and I could see why. The reality of what they had created was nothing short of prison camp. Where did they get their idea of off grid living I thought to myself? T.V.? Doomsday preppers?
I could tell she was displaced, out of her element, and thoroughly not enjoying it. And why would she? The homestead they set up was piratically barbaric! And instead of creating a pleasant and peaceful self reliant homestead that could sustain them and their children with minimal effort, they created a slave labor environment where everything they did was arduous and hard!
Living off the grid technically just means becoming unplugged from the electrical grid that runs our homes and surrounding world. But beyond the technical term the mind set of off grid living is like a holy grail to those who seek to achieve it.
It is not just about unplugging from the grid itself. It is unplugging from the daily aggravation that drive our world. The consumption, the waste, the clutter, the enslavement. It means empowering ourselves to create with our hands, to labor with our body, to think with our minds, and to do independently without conforming to any standard or any norms created by society.
Of course the ideology and and reasoning of off grid living does vary from person to person. We are you know, as unique and distinct as a species can get. But I do believe the overall underlying philosophy does remain a common theme. Freedom, peace, self reliance.
The individuals who seek this true mindset do not show up trying to bring their 400k home with all the bells and whistles along then erect a 30k solar array to support it.
You can of course do this, and be considered off grid, but you certainly wouldn't be considered "one of us."
We don't want to bring "what was" with us. And neither do we wish to recreate it. Pure off grid living is like putting on that old pair of overalls and that comfortable pair of shoes. We no longer want to set our alarm clocks and go to meetings or rush off to work. We truly desire the rooster to wake us up and sleep in if we so decide to!
Now I do not want to create illusions of grandeur here either. There is work involved in being self sufficient and living off the grid. But this is where smart planning comes in and common sense. Remember the woman in the yurt with her kids and husband? That was not good planning.
Off grid living can be as comfortable and as enjoyable as living in your 400k on grid home, but that to will take time, action, and smart preparation.
But for most, the mentality behind the lifestyle is what drives our success, its what feeds our ambitions, and its what makes our lives easier. The feelings of self worth from something as simple as planting a seed with your own hands and nurturing it in the garden soil you created, to harvesting it, eating it to nourish your body, and then preserving the rest for month later is indeed priceless.
It is essentially what God had in mind I believe when He created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But as we all know we messed that up. And we as humans continue to mess things up. The things we have created and achieved in society throughout history is indeed spectacular. But we also see that as time unfolds the tides of society despite the advances are cracking at its moral seams. Our dependence on the grid, our conformity with the changing tides, our acceptance of the disintegration of morals and values and ethics.
Off grid living may not alleviate or solve these issues or even totally remove oneself from the actuality of these contentions.But, it sure can place you in a better place with a defined destination that you compose and invest in.
And for those of you who seek to become closer to the Creator. I feel a refined walk that has awaken the Holy Spirit drawing me closer to God . I can attest to the fact that God saved me from my "on grid" life of self involved thinking and sin, and brought me to a promised land that He continues to author in my life as a off grid homesteader. And for that gift of new life, there is nothing more priceless and sweeter than He being here with me.
Thus the next time you sit down to go over your own off grid list,your own off grid plan, rethink and reevaluate your own inner feelings of this lifestyle. This is a soul search that develops from a small flame within. A yearning that longs to break free. That recognizes the cracks in society, that is tired of the indoctrination of our minds, our hearts our souls. A grid breaker with passion. There you will find a true off grid mentality that will drive your success and your happiness for years to come!
What does one do on a off grid homestead on a daily basis? Well, remember when I always say I think out side the box? Well, that applies to my daily life here with my husband. I like not having a plan. My husband on the other hand is probably more of a planner then me. But I live how I cook. A little of this a little of that, and no measurements!
So this week I did lots of things! I enjoy mixing my projects up and staying positive and stress free. And I really enjoy trying new things and being creative on my homestead. I think this type of mentality helps a person get far in life.
During the week I usually WING it. Since our back to Eden garden is still in high production keeping up with my canning projects still has been a priority. I NEVER ever get tired of canning. It is such a simple chore that I cannot believe not more people partake! I look at all the produce we get be it vegetable or fruit and I say to myself "What can I do with this to preserve?" And then the mind start ticking like a bomb!!! I come up with lots of recipes in my head! Often I get a little A.D.D. going since I have way to many that can all fit in there!
So this week it was more salsa, then I did apple butter (that happened as I was biking by hoards of apple trees and decided to GO back with my truck and pick some!! Haha, good to live in a area where there is alot of FREE fruit! Then I did more pinto and black beans! WHY? Because my pantry is a living breathing pantry. IT IS NOT just a pantry for long term storage! We usewhats in there daily!!!
Then I almost forgot the peaches! Yes the peaches I actually purchased from our local bulk group! Every now and then I will indeed spend the money if its worth it on fruit! We love peaches and have peach trees but no fruit yet! BUT we have a local resource that has bulk local peaches 25lbs for fifteen dollars! NOW thats a deal. so of course I canned the peaches and made jam.
As the week went on I got the bug to make some feta, which turned out awesome (video of course to come) and I did some household fun projects like built some more trellis while somehow BENDING the tip of the drill bit when my husband told me..warned me..to not break anything!
Somehow, I end up ruining alot of things on the homestead. In fact after that fiasco I accidentally left both of my you tube cameras out in the pouring rain! Opps. So they are now ruined. And I spilled milk ..RAW milk on my computer keyboard! Yes, so as I type I have some hillbilly keyboard plugged into my laptop! This happens alot you know. I have a behind the scene life no one is aware of !!
Ok so I do some "fruit loop stuff". It happens.
But I also do alot of fun things off the homestead. And I do make it a priority to go out and explore either with my road biking or paddling or trail running. I love adventure and often don't think to much either about being smart when I do those things either.But heck, sometimes in life you gotta just wing it!
Last week I crashed my bike and sustained a concussion. Yep, Starry scrambled the brains like a egg. But my head must be hard for the next day I was out biking. No more trying to video though while biking. BAD MOVE!
Then we also did some stand preparation for hunting. I love being out in the woods at this time and tagging along with my husband as we scout for deer and put up bow-hunting stands is a fun activity for me!!
So all of this ANDDDDD answering comments on you tube and making more videos! I swear I need ten of me..HOWEVER Mr Hilder would most likely DISAGREE with that!
So that's some of the daily life stuff I do..besides cooking for my man, feeding my dogs (they dont eat dog food so yes I cook for them to) doing laundry, keeping the house clean, ect ect ect. And the ect is also loaded. Do I ever get tired? Well, lets just say I sleep good. My husband thinks I do to much and often will watch me run around . He laughs alot at me!
But I enjoy life and always always start my day with Praise and WORSHIP! And as the day goes on I share everything I do with GOD! HE is the only reason I can GET thru a day! And the reason for all of my joy!! Often people make a funny face at me when I say that. BUT when I crashed my bike..I rolled over , and moaned for my Lord. When the milk spilled on my computer I asked the Lord for patience. When I explored with my husband I again asked the Lord for patience (HA HA now that was a joke).....BUT God does fill my entire day! He has to! And hopefully HE FILL'S YOURS!!