What a nutty time we're living in right now.
I'm the type of person that likes to know what's going on in our country - the good, the bad and the indifferent.
And because of the way our country has been leaning lately, it's caused me to ask myself a million questions on how to move forward in life for my family.
I'm in no way a doomsday prepper or a conspiracy theorist. In fact, I've never been one that's been interested in politics either. I'm simply a woman weighing out the pros and cons to live a better life for myself and my family and simply an entrepreneur that's learning how to pivot our business and forge a new path in a society that is rapidly changing.
I may not agree with a lot that's going on right now and you and I may be on different sides on how we view things, but that would never change the way I see you or our friendship. I like to hear both sides of every story before forming my opinion, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't raise a lot of concerns for me.
However, this video resonates with me greatly. It's made with great, genuine eloquence and her views align with mine... and are the very things that go through my mind on the daily.
6 months ago, we ditched the city life and the beach life to live in a place where there are more free-ranging animals than there are people and although it's been quite the culture shock, I still feel it was the best decision we ever made for ourselves and for the future we're trying to build.
I've caught myself wanting to learn more, do more and be more all because I have one main goal: to be able to raise my family in a safe space that is protected from the noise, the hurt and a society that does not align with ours. It's not to shelter them and it's not to turn a blind eye on real world events, but it's simply to live our American dream - a life rich in happiness, life skills, knowledge and freedom.
Although we're not quite self-sustaining (yet), it has been a very humbling experience. This shit is not easy!! Learning how to grow food year round, learning how to raise farm animals, learning how to use tools and build things with our hands- it has unlocked a different side of creativity for me and definitely unlocked a hidden talent and unknown passion for J that he never knew he had.
This is the life we never knew we wanted and when the opportunity to leave the city life came, we went all in, left the life we knew behind, took the risk and couldn't be happier with the decision we made. We are now on a 5 acre homestead that is backed up to BLM land. There is a total of 123 people in this area. There are no sirens, no noise - just the ruffling of the trees and scuffling of all the wildlife around us. Here, the closest town is 30 minutes away, our mailbox a mile away. Call us crazy, but we realized it's not as bad as we thought.
A few years ago, the very thought of leaving a world of convienence made me cringe. We relied on nothing but our apps to seek answers for literally everything. Now, we rely on ourselves and each other and we wouldn't have it any other way.
But what does happen IF power grids go out?
Will you know what to do?
Do you know any of the life skills it will take to live in a world without convenience if it ever happened?
Becoming self-sustaining should be a choice and something we want to do to better ourselves, not because we have to in order to survive in today's society.
Anyhoo, watch the video. It's not meant to scare you and wave red flags everywhere, but simply to look at things through a different lens - a lens that J and I can stand behind.
And if you watch the video and still disagree - it's ok, we're still buddies🙂
I hope you have a fantastic week ahead!
- Crys from Stronger Than Yesterday
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