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Self Sufficient Living

Self Sufficient Living
What is self sufficient living? When beginning a journey into green living, a simple lifestyle or even sustainable living this term tends to come up. What does this mean to people? What is the definition? What does it look like? Let’s take a look.

The second definition refers to a person who’s self sufficient as “having an extreme confidence in one’s own ability or worth.” This borders on haughtiness and being overbearing! Let us “greenies”. Never become this! Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this concept as being “able to maintain oneself or itself without outside aid : capable of providing for one’s own needs”.

Synonyms for this term are “independent, self supporting and self reliant.”

Who looks for self sufficient living?
People who are wanting to regain lost skills of living from the earth.
Those who don’t want to work in a 9-5 job
Those who have lost faith in government
Those who’d like to pursue freedom from structure
Those who want to live life with a small carbon footprint
And many other reasons.

For some selfsufficiency is a running away from the world. Others it’s a clearly thought out choice to make a difference in their lives, their families and their communities.

Why are they making this change?
With peak oil concerns, global warming, waste and other worries more people are making the move towards buying a piece of land and learning to grow their own food, raise livestock, make bio fuel and live off the grid.

However pursuing selfsufficient living isn’t a new thing. People have been doing it for years, all the way back to the pioneers. Granted, the pioneers knew no other way. With the swing towards simple green life-styles, people talk about this change as something new.

What process do they follow?
Urbanites who want to sell up and move to the country, buy a piece of land and simply start with the basic needs of all people –. Food, shelter and work. While work comes aplenty on the newly established homestead, food and shelter only come after the work is done.

Many people choose to phase in the move to selfsufficient living due to the above fact and purchase land and build their home while still working in the city. They establish vegetable gardens and equip themselves with skills like canning, generating solar power and soap making in the meantime.

This means that by the time they get to their completed home on the land, they can certainly be up and running in many areas.

As time goes on this family will learn as they live. Friends who have done exactly as I mention have told me that it’s not the romantic life-style that many envision, it’s simple hard hard work. they’ve also said that they’ve to hold very tightly to the goals they laid out as with any crisis. There are many, it’s very easy to want to retreat back to the perceived safety and comfort of a monthly salary check and a steady job where you can walk into any grocery store and buy your food.

In this day and age I believe that we all should be self supporting to some degree, no matter where we live. For us to turn our back on the wisdom and support of community isn’t wise.

The term “selfsufficient living”. Should never equal isolated living. Having a like minded community around you who can share your ups and downs and who can enjoy some leisure time activities with you is very important.

In fact this is another of those fundamental human needs –. To be in a loving community with a sense of belonging. If you think of the Amish communities and how together they raised barns over a few days, had corn husking parties, canning days and more, one can realise that you need community around you. With that community you can achieve so much more than alone.

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