What does that mean? It means living without the use of power generated by organisations. It means self-sufficiency.
Living in isolation isn’t necessary but living without the normal provided services which cost us money and resources and instead using nature’s resources is all part of living off the grid.
You would expect to have a bit of land, solar panels potentiall, a creek for water? You would expect to have to grow all your own food and farm animals, provide your own clothing or buy cheaply. Would you be on a pension? Would you rely on the government? The idea is no. You return to a natural way of living before societies constructed our needs and wants models in the media.
It would take a bit of work and intelligent reading to know who to live off the grid if you have been societised. After all so many expect a pizza delivery, a supermarket shop, a clothes shop, a telephone or internet service, a tv channel, parties to attend and concerts to see. Well living off the grid doesn’t preclude you shopping or attending social events, but it does mean you have to find a way to generate your own power instead of using provided electricity services etc.
I have found such an inspiring short video for you of a lady by the name of Jill Redwood. She has been very happy self-sufficient and living off the grid for 30 years and her story is inspiring. This is a must watch feel good video. She grows her own food, repairs her own house, makes her own cheese from her own goats, channels water from a stream and irrigates her crops, and she has a dunny (outside toilet).
I remember living in a caravan while building my own home twenty- six years ago and the emptying the toilet bucket never really gets comfortable, but the rest of it was awesome. Living on a block of land with two children running in nature whilst you construct your home. The home was far too big and felt like a mansion once we got out of the caravan after 16 months, however once you experience living simply, it does grow on you and I have a hankering for it still in many ways. Perhaps mine will be the grey nomad existence? Who knows.
However, this lady has it sorted and living alone, finds extreme comfort in her lifestyle.
Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND