5 Reasons Why I don’t like Being Self-Sufficient: A Cautionary Tale
Before you jump on the Preppers gravy train, here are some considerations
Living off the grid typically gives a person one of two images.
Either you see a mountain man in the woods roughing it, or you see someone running through the flowers with the wind in their hair as “ Aquaris/Let the Sun Shine in” blares in the background.
However, all is not as ideal as you may think.
There are several negative aspects which people (myself included) do not consider when they first start down the road of becoming self-sufficient.
Here are 5 reasons why I don’t like being self-sufficient.
1) Detoxing of your body can be rough
Everyone wants to tell you about the benefits of living off the grid, but no one mentions that there are some very big side effects.
For example: if you decide that you are going to start living organically or that you are not going to eat meats at all, then your body is going to go through a detox period.
Even if you still maintain the same diet but decide to cut out the commercial products for those that you will grow and maintain yourself, your body will still become detoxed from the chemicals and such in the foods. Why is this a bad thing?
Detox can lead to tooth loss, sunken eye sockets, a great decrease in weight and a loss of energy.
Yes, you will in most cases get the weight back and a livelier look to you, but starting out a person may find that the detox process is rather strenuous on the body, especially if they jump straight into the deep end as they say.
It is recommended that you wean yourself off slowly so that your body gets used to the new diet rather than trying to do a full blown organic detox.
2) Food is prepared for but not guaranteed
Survivalist who have been off the grid for some time will tell you that food is not always guaranteed. There will be times when the food supply runs thin.
This may be that a game trail changes as they scent that you have been around where they feed, a stream only provides fish seasonally, a drought hits and a crop is ruined, or any number of factors.
When I planted my first crop I did not consider that deer and wild animals also have to eat and a great deal of my food went to waste as it was nibbled on at night by the wildlife.
Eventually, I added a can on a string system to make noise and scare off the deer as well as constructed a fence to keep out other game, but still losing food is a hard lesson to learn.
3) I am living fined
If you think that you can go off the grid and that the government will not be upset about it, then you have been misled. The government wants you to be plugged in and not to be self-sufficient, have any survival training, and to be dependent upon them for your needs.
Therefore, when you go off the grid, the government will quickly blow a whistle and tell you that you cannot do that.
Typically, you will find that the government will try to fine you for a violation in the local building and zoning laws and regulations. Such fines may include:
- Not having mandatory electrical hookup
- Not having approved waste management
- Improper care and treatment of animals (as most officials think you have to buy commercial seed)
- Not reporting a source of income if you sell a craft
- Operating a farm without a license
- Child neglect or abuse for unlivable conditions for a child
The government sometimes gets quite creative and quite serious with trying to get you back on the grid. They will attack you with any fine that they can and will come after your children if possible.
Keep this in mind before you go 100% off the grid.
4) My friends think I am Odd
Let us be realistic, most people are comfortable with living on the grid and those of us that chose to go off the grid are often seen as being weird conspiracy nuts.
This is not true for the most of us, but it is the stereotype that has marked preppers.
Some of your friends are likely to not want to associate with you anymore as they do not want to get labeled as being a friend of the weird guy.
5) Living off the grid Stinks
Literally, going off the grid stinks. You have to consider that you will develop a very pungent odor if you live off the grid.
True, you can mask the odor with self-made deodorants and soaps, but you will be more apt to have a funky smell if you are off the grid.
Secondly, you will pick up the odor of any fertilizer and compost that you use on your garden.
It will seep into your clothing and into your hair, and while you may not notice the odor (because you are around it and work with it daily) those around you will.
Finally, if you tan skins or if you slaughter meat then you will have the aroma of the tanning process, the blood of the animal, the decay of any animal carcass that is not disposed of far enough away, and the feces of any animal that is kept on site.
Think it out before you commit
If you are thinking about becoming a prepper, then you need to think it out completely.
Where there are a great many benefits to being off the grid, there are a great many cons as well.
You need to weight the positives with the negatives, do a bit of research regarding laws and policies in your area, and then make the decision which is best suited for your living needs.