Self-sufficiency is about independence in all areas of your life.
Self-sufficiency is a way of life. It’s about choosing to be independent in key areas of your life. And, the end result is that you wind up living your life on your own terms. You don’t rely on other people for things like your happiness, health, food and shelter. Instead, you take responsibility for providing these things for yourself and everyone else in your life (including pets).
Self-sufficiency is about independence in all areas of your life. Not just one area! These include:
Self-sufficiency is not just about living off the grid, it’s a journey to enlightenment.
Alas, I have come to discover that self-sufficiency is not just about living off the grid, it’s a journey to enlightenment, and one I’m still working on. In fact, to me, self-sufficiency is much more than just being physically self-sufficient (able to withstand hardship), it’s also being spiritually self-sufficient (being able to see the good in life even in difficult situations).
Self-sufficiency is a philosophy, not a goal.
Self-sufficiency is about planning for the future and doing what you need to do to get there. It’s about being prepared.
If you’re interested in learning more about self-sufficiency, I’d recommend reading The Self-Sufficient Life: A Practical Guide for 21st Century Survival by Homesteading expert Mel Bartholomew, who has been writing books on homesteading since 1988.
You don’t have to be totally self-sufficient.
It’s important to know that self-sufficiency doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone. You can be more self-sufficient in some areas of your life than others, and this will help you achieve your goals without being 100% self-sufficient.
For example, if you live in a city, it may not be possible for you to grow all of your own food or make every product yourself. But that doesn’t mean you can’t become more self-sufficient by growing some of your own food and making certain products yourself. It’s a journey, and it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Self-sufficiency isn’t just living off the land or being a survivalist/prepper.
Many people think that self-sufficiency is about leaving civilization and living off the land. But they’re wrong. Self-sufficiency isn’t just a particular lifestyle; it’s a journey to become independent in all areas of your life. It’s a philosophy, not a goal.
Self-sufficiency is about understanding how the world works and finding ways to be comfortable in it without relying on others for help or support. This can take many forms: growing your own food, building your own shelter, supporting yourself financially, protecting yourself from threats (even if those are other people), ensuring access to clean water and air—the list goes on.
But before I get into what being self-sufficient means exactly (and why it’s more than just the romanticized ideals of treehouses and hippies), you should know this: You don’t have to be totally self-sufficient in order to live an independent lifestyle.
When you get down to it, self-sufficiency requires some money and tools upfront, but it pays for itself over time.
Making the switch to self-sufficiency can be expensive, but it pays for itself over time. You’ll need a good, reliable set of tools, and will want to do your research before buying; a professional home gardener may have different needs than a first-time backyard farmer.
Self-sufficiency is not exclusively about saving money. While you may save some by growing your own vegetables or raising chickens and cattle, initially the investment can be expensive, especially if you don’t already have the necessary equipment or land.
Self-sufficiency does not require that you become a hermit, completely cut off from society.
It does not mean that you cannot participate in society. Quite the opposite, actually. It means that you can be free to interact with others if and when you want. Even though self-sufficiency is often associated with a life of solitude and a disdain for company, that doesn’t have to be the case at all!
You don’t have to live like a hermit in order to become self-sufficient. You can still have friends! You can still go out for dinner. Being self-sufficient simply means that you do not need other people in order to survive and exist successfully on your own terms (even if it sometimes feels necessary).
In some cases, seeking out social interactions and human contact may even be beneficial for someone who wants to pursue self-sufficiency – especially if there are skills that you would like to learn from others but are unable to master on your own! However, the key is interaction on your own terms. If there is something you need from another person, then by all means go ahead and ask them for help (or hire them) as long as it makes sense financially or intellectually. But make sure it’s done in a way that benefits both parties equally without making either party dependent upon each other
Being self-sufficient helps you be happier and more independent in all areas of your life.
Being self-sufficient is a lifestyle that is both practical and rewarding. In the long run, you’ll be glad to know the skills necessary to live independently and successfully.
I will cover some ways in which you can cultivate more independence in your life and become more self-sufficient. Here are some examples of how you can incorporate self-sufficiency into your everyday life:
- Learn basic cooking skills so you don’t have to order takeout every night after work
- Make sure you have emergency supplies at home (i.e., a first aid kit) so you’re not caught unprepared in an emergency situation
- Become able to do simple repairs around the house, such as fixing a leaky faucet or changing out a blown lightbulb
By becoming more independent in these small but essential areas of daily life, it’s possible to improve your sense of well-being and happiness while also saving money on bills and other expenses.