Most people in the modern preparedness community weren’t born into it. For most of us, there was some sort of “Ah-Ha!” or “Wake Up!” moment that helped set us down the path to becoming preppers and modern survivalists.
Shortly after having my own “awakening” I decided that my main goal was going to be to one day buy a huge piece of property out in the middle of nowhere and lead a completely self-reliant lifestyle away from anyone and everyone other than my family and maybe a couple of farmers down the dirt road from my super-awesome, self-contained prepper homestead.
I’d be completely on my own, I’d harvest all my own food, drill a well, collect rainwater and power everything with solar and wind. Who cares if the rest of the world is going to hell? I’ll be just fine!
Well now that I’ve gotten a little older, hopefully a little wiser (and in turn a little lazier!) I’m quickly coming to realize that the rural homestead dream isn’t really what I’m looking for out of life and it certainly isn’t what my family is looking for either.
In today’s post we’re going to talk about the rural homestead dream that most preppers have or have had in the past, how that lifestyle could actually lead some of us to be even unhappier than we are now and why that kind of lifestyle isn’t for all of us.
Before the hate mail rolls in….
First and foremost, let’s get something out of the way. If you TRULY want to get out of the city or suburbs, buy a big piece of land and carve out your own self-reliant homestead….that’s awesome. I commend you and I hope that dream comes true for you as quickly as possible….IF that’ll make you live a happier life.
The point of today’s post isn’t to dissuade anyone from that lifestyle at all or to say that preppers are pre-disposed as being anti-social; the point is to (hopefully) get a few people to think about the rural homestead choice a little deeper, help you build a real community and maybe even prevent someone from making a lifestyle choice that they may regret later.
(So please… no hate mail!!)
Do you really want to be a homesteader or do you want to get away from people?