Living off the grid - 8 things you need to know

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Leigha Offline
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Our day to day decision making would certainly change, but there's something pleasantly intriguing to me about this way of life. What could I do without? I believe the experience could be life changing in a positive way, but there are likely negatives. As with any big life decisions. The simplicity of it all is what captures my heart.
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#2
Magical Realist Offline
I watch the series "Alone" on the History Channel where contestants live alone off the land for as long as they can take it for a prize of a 100,000 dollars. What seems to get to everybody is the loneliness and boredom. That's what would get to me. I am so dependent on information about the outer world and going about doing things that this isolated lifestyle would drive crazy. But I do admire those who attempt it. We are all busybodies, living vicariously thru the drama of other people's business.
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Leigha Offline
I saw the first season of Alone, and thought it was very authentic, and then after that, it became contrived. But, maybe most ''reality'' shows are a bit contrived. There was a contestant though as I recall...he seemed to thrive in the isolation. He seemed to enjoy the simplicity and really did well on his own. When his wife surprised him, he didn't look that enthused to see her ...and sounded like he was going to miss the freedom he felt.

My concern would be wild animals/predators, and that kind of danger. And we're not meant to live in isolation, but it might be good for a change of pace. Maybe ''glamping.'' or something like that. lol And not entirely alone...like there are families who choose this type of off grid lifestyle, and that wouldn't be so bad, if you were with others. The show ''Alone'' was very extreme, they had minimal tools and supplies, but for people who choose to build log cabins off grid...they make their space much more comfortable.
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Syne Offline
Men can handle isolation a lot better than women...and maybe gay men. The longest contestant lasted 100 days. Less than 4 months really isn't that long.

Apparently many of the contestants dropped out due to fear of wolves or bears.
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#5
Leigha Offline
Hmm, I wonder why that may be true? (about men and isolation)

I don’t mind selective alone time for recharging and such, but if I had no choice, that would be difficult. Like long bouts of isolation. Eek. I would be afraid of nightfall to be honest, with all the wild animals and not being safely enclosed somewhere.

There are Airbnb “adventures” that offer a sense of this lifestyle, you can select how minimalist you want to go. Might be fun for a challenge.

In terms of the show “Alone,” having to solely rely on yourself for everyyything, it would take getting used to but if you have to, you’d figure it out because if you don’t, you’ll die.
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#6
Syne Offline
Evolutionary psychology shows why women developed a greater need of social interaction and men didn't. Since women are vulnerable during pregnancy, they've had to rely on others, even if only their mate, for gathering food and protection. Men, OTHO, had to spend long stretches of time being alone and silent while hunting, or even going on prolonged hunts, tracking migrating herds. Even more modern things, like cattle drives, would require men to regularly sleep in the wild.
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Leigha Offline
Interesting. That makes sense.

Have you ever tried to do something like this, Syne? Like brave the wild, in isolation for any extended period of time?

Youtube vloggers make it look easy, but such is social media...where mainly the highlights are edited captured, and not the lowlights.
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Syne Offline
I've not tried it, but I'm pretty confident in my abilities, if it were to ever come to that. I have lived in a tent and even been pretty isolated for months at a time. Just not out in the wilderness, living off the land. I do enough grilling over my fire pit that I'm pretty familiar with fire starting, and I'm pretty handy...use to build forts/huts in the woods as a kid, etc..
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C C Offline
(Jan 13, 2022 08:37 PM)Leigha Wrote: https://offgridworld.com/how-to-live-off...-need-now/

Our day to day decision making would certainly change, but there's something pleasantly intriguing to me about this way of life. What could I do without? I believe the experience could be life changing in a positive way, but there are likely negatives. As with any big life decisions. The simplicity of it all is what captures my heart.

I'd likely die eventually from consuming slow-acting toxins in a wild diet, like Chris McCandless did or what the offspring of the Lykov family incrementally fell to. (With respect to the latter, Agafya must have inherited the right genes from her father, to have outlived her siblings for so long.)
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