Why do you want to live off the grid? Everyone, I think, has their own reasons and ideas for wanting to move off the grid. Boiling it down, these are what I think are the top 5.
1. Self Sufficiency
Living off the grid in a self-sufficient manner brings independence that cannot be found in modern living. Modern living (i.e. city living) is a dependent system. Each block or “grid” square of a city depends on the next for support.
If there were a collapse of the financial system -which is the most likely “doomsday” scenario- then the grocery stores, hardware stores, and the big box home improvement stores would be the first to be wiped out of supplies.
In the biggest cities in the world, this leaves millions of people without the supplies needed to survive. Self-sufficiency, at a fundamental level, is all about survival. But it also goes far beyond survival, into the realm of independence.
People like the feeling they get when they don’t have to depend on others, and they can support their families and enjoy their lives with their friends on their own land, in their own home.
2. Sense of Accomplishment
There’s a certain satisfaction of a job well done when you are responsible for your survival basics, particularly food and shelter. Whether you build your own log cabin, tiny house, or cottage in the hills, the sense of accomplishment you feel is astounding.
One of the most powerful things you can do is grow some or all of your own food. The satisfaction of looking over your little (or large) garden plot at all the healthy fruits and vegetables you grew yourself is beyond compare.
Surviving the world off grid, if it comes to that, may not sound like an easy way to live. But being off grid arguably gives you a better chance of success in a disaster/collapse scenario.
It’s all about being prepared. It doesn’t mean hunkering down in a cave with years’ worth of canned food piled around you. It simply means living independent of the systems (utilities, water, food…) that society depends on for survival and that will likely become scarce in any disaster situation.
The freedom to live without the crushing burden of debt while providing for your family. The freedom to spend quality time with your family instead of working most of your life to make money for your boss. The freedom to leave your children a legacy in the life and lifestyle you built. The freedom to live life the way you see fit. With true freedom comes happiness.
Ultimately it comes down to happiness. We all strive for happiness in our own way. Some folks are materialistic, some seek power or money. Some seek the simpler life. A life without stress, or as stress-free as possible. Removing the burden of mortgages, utility bills, car payments, and living the simpler, easier life appeals to millions of people around the world. Happiness is at the core.
They call it “The American Dream“, but I think that’s a rather narrow-minded and selfish way of phrasing it since most people in the world want the same things. They want to be happy. Living off the grid seems like the perfect way to achieve it. It may not be ideal for some, but for many of us, that life is the dream.
It’s all about being happy.