Almost 3 years ago I shared a post from Granny Miller about moving toward a self reliant life. Lately that post has been getting traffic for some reason, causing me to go back and read it again.
It was a helpful reminder to me and it seems to me to be good sense.
Here are some tips from Granny that are worth sharing again:
A Few Suggestions For What You’ll Need For A Life Beyond The Digital
To change the direction of your life you must fundamentally change your worldview. And that takes courage, faith, fortitude and commitment.
- You must first and foremost – put your TV set in the garbage or give it away to charity.You and your family can no longer afford the time or luxury of consumer and state sponsored propaganda. It is imperative that you learn to think for yourself and stop wasting time. And do not substitute being online or on the phone for the TV. This will probably be the hardest thing you will have to do. How successful you will be in your journey for a more self-reliant and self-sustaining life depends upon this one single thing. The no TV is absolutely non- negotiable.
- You must begin at once to learn some type of self-sustaining skill. And that can be anything useful or practical. Plumbing, sewing, carpentry, cooking, baking, weaving, knitting, animal husbandry, vegetable gardening, soap making , bee keeping – whatever – just pick something that you are interested in and jump in with both feet. You’ll have plenty of time and maybe extra money to spend on learning that skill because you don’t have a TV. No matter where you live or what your circumstances you can start first thing tomorrow. If you want to learn to how to garden – do it. Never mind that it’s December. Go buy an aloe plant or herbs for a sunny window sill. Want to learn how to knit? Get some yarn and get started. If animal husbandry interests you – get a pet rabbit or bird. The skills required to care for a pet bird or rabbit are the same ones you’ll need for chickens or for meat rabbits. You don’t have a TV remember. You got to do something with all that extra time.
- Debt is slavery. When you are in debt you do not own your own future. If you have any debt– get rid of it. Plenty of information is available about how to do that. And don’t try and justify your credit cards. Get a debit card if you need to rent a car or order online. Credit cards keep you chained to consumerism. Consumerism is fueled by popular culture and TV . Whatever they are advertising on TV – you don’t need it – and without a TV you won’t really know or care about it. You must live within your means no matter how modest.
- Stop eating processed food, fast food and drinking soda pop. Junk food is expensive and just about everybody knows it is not good for your health. You cannot grow potato chips, Twinkies, ready to eat boxed cereal, Pepsi, Coke or Mountain Dew in the garden. Those foods are addictive and unsustainable. Fast food is also a big waste of money and will keep you tied into a consumer economy. Not to mention that they are cruelty based foods. Without the exploitation of people and animals, Burger King, McDonald’s,Sisco and the rest of them would go out of business. Plan ahead and bring a bagged meal. That’s what dinner leftovers are for. Don’t pay for something that you can do for yourself. And no matter what your age or health – get moving outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine is good for you and is what you need. Two or three hours a day outdoors everyday is the goal to work for – summer or winter. A life of deliberate self-reliance is an extremely physical life. You must preserve your good health. It will be easier now that you don’t watch TV and eat junk food.
- Develop some type of personal philosophy or faith if you don’t already have one. Particular cosmology doesn’t matter. It is vital to hold a belief in some type of universal order, plan or reason. Without this you will not be able to sustain the heartaches, questioning, losses and disappointments that living a more self-sustainable life will often bring. Believe me when I tell you this: when you are in a race against time to save an animal that is struggling for its life; or a newborn calf is born dead; or an entire crop is destroyed by a sudden July tempest – there are no atheists.
A more self-sustaining life is possible for everyone but it doesn’t happen overnight. If you try and take on too much too fast you are setting yourself up for failure and discouragement.
A successful transition to a more self-reliant life is an evolution in life and not a revolution.