Are people that strive to be less dependant on the world (well at least the so called “developed” world) and do more for themselves just looking for punishment or something?
Heck, if you want to heat with wood, you can actually buy the stuff pre-cut and split. There are people out there that will build fences for you. Need a woodshed, shoot no problem, someone can build it for you. Change the oil on your tractor, isn’t that what the tractor dealership is for? No one actually should own a come-a-long, as professionals have different ways to do that job!
Even when I was watching the game last night I was making out a list of things I need to get accomplished around the homestead for the rest of the week . And nothing on the list would be things that folks with their heads down in the “real” world would consider fun.
And maybe that right there is the key. If your goal is a more self sufficient lifestyle it can actually be fun. The work you put into it, the never ending projects, the lists of things that need to get done. Using the word “chores” as an adult activity rather something that you assign to kids. It’s OK to call that fun, right?
Now, don’t get me wrong. Dropping a log on your toes is not fun to me. Nor is venturing out into the snow when you wish it would warm up to be above 0 so that you can load the wood rack is not fun. Especially when you know for both items you have thermostat easily accessible in your PJ’s that you could use if you wanted.
It really comes down to if you have some goals in mind, an end state that you are striving for, then the path to get there can be fun. Even if there are some bumps and bruises along the way. Maybe in some strange way, they even make it more rewarding.
Not too different than driving to a long awaited vacation with the family. Car sickness, kids whining, no one likes the music….wait, maybe that is a bad example.
So it is crazy? No. Is it fun? Most of the time. Would I recommend it to others? Only if they have the desire to do it for themselves and for the right reasons.
Now, back to munching my dehydrated cinnamon apples and working on my list.