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Daring To Strive Towards Self Sufficiency

by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog:

I must say, it is a daring lifetime venture to endeavor towards self sufficiency.
And let me also say this: It sure is fun!

Having aspirations to be self sufficient is becoming more mainstream these days, although still only a tiny percentage of the populace at large.

It is a daring thing to step out and take those first steps. Unfortunately most do not understand the mindset or the motivations that inspire those who begin their lifetime journey towards self sufficiency, but don’t let that stop you.

Stereotypes and even ridicule will be emotional roadblocks set in place by the normalcy bias of others who don’t ‘get it’.

Fear not though, because what you will be doing is going to set you free!

What do I mean by ‘set you free’?

When you take those first steps, and all along the rest of your lifetime journey, you will feel liberated from some of the dependencies we all have on other systems. Your feeling of self-worth will go up. You will feel more independent. You will become more of your own person. You will have broken the shackles that have been holding you down all this time…

With that said, let’s get one thing straight… It is nearly impossible to become 100 percent self sufficient. Additionally, that extent may not be the goal! However ANY degree of self sufficiency will benefit your position and will free you, or lessen your dependency upon one external system or another.

In the title I use the word, daring. A journey towards self sufficiency and the lifestyle change that may occur is a bold and courageous move, especially when first setting out.

While it is very easy to simply stay in one place in life, it requires a bit of fearlessness or overcoming one’s fears to begin a lifestyle change – particularly one which doesn’t follow the ‘mainstream’.

The journey towards self sufficiency can be as fast or slow as you desire. You may stop anywhere along the way and be comfortable where’ you’re at. It is not a contest. It is your life. Your freedom.

Where to start?
Wherever you’d like!

My advice is to start where your interests are. We each have our own expertise and skills. Use them in a way that will help you towards independence and self sufficiency.

With that said, there are several general areas to consider…

Alternative Energy
Gardening and Food Production
Food Preservation Techniques
Long Term Food Storage
Water Sources, Storage, and Filtration
Geographical Location
Change of careers
Food bearing Skill Sets; Hunting, Fishing
Bushcraft Skills
Just ‘get outside’!

This list could go on forever, especially if narrowing broad categories. The point I’m making, especially for newbies or those considering the journey, is that you won’t regret it. Break away from the concrete jungle. Or if you’re locked in for now, just start with the basics. Once you begin and make your first accomplishment, it will be personally rewarding, liberating, and empowering.

Imagine a society in which many of us have become much more independent?
Wait a minute… isn’t that what our nation was founded upon?

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5 comments to Daring To Strive Towards Self Sufficiency

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    gonna buy me one of those stainless steel beer kegs and turn it into a moonshine still.

    gonna grow some tobacco from seeds.

    might consider growing a big poppy farm in Afghanistan and let the US Army protect it for me.

    etc etc.

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    And, I’ll be “environmentally friendly” by painting that keg BLACK and setting it up like a Solar Oven so that I won’t need to burn any fuel to operate it.

    Did you know, that under Federal law, it’s always been legal for individuals to grow up to about 1/4 acre (or about 130 plants) of tobacco for personal use?

    Just like it’s legal (in most states) to make beer and wine for personal use.

    People never want to give up their addictions. Those “vice items” command high prices when the SHTF.

    • Eric

      The environmentally friendly morons in California would be proud of you Craig.

      Don’t forget to rinse, sterilize that keg with an iodine solution, and rinse several more times.

      Growing tobacco sounds interesting. What I learned from producing my own beer is that the price stays very low with all the competition and it’s much much easier to buy than all the work involved. I know others who have said the same.

      • Craig Escaped Detroit

        @Eric, did you really get the impression that I meant to become self sufficient with vice items during the “good times”?

        Sorry, but I meant during the times when those things are NOT available at any stores, stores are closed, (Venezuela situation, Serbia situation, etc.)

        I used to own and operate a small guitar shop, other instruments, DJ gear, etc, (at a big market with many independent vendors), and it was never profitable. I also acquired a moving truck (26ft diesel), to try to make money moving things (sorta like “2 Men & a Truck”), and was lucky to barely break even but still lost money on the old, used truck.

        So yes, when things are “good”, it’s very difficult to become “self sufficient” or profitable on your own. I won’t try any of that stuff again…but when the SHTF, I want to have some “back up plans” on making ends meet. Of course, we all have our silver and our other preps, so perhaps I’ll just sit back and relax.

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    And don’t forget, that Moonshine works as fuel in many those “Flex-fuel” cars and trucks.

    But if the vehicle is only rated up to E85, you’ll have to blend your moonie with some gas. (85 booze & 15% gasoline).

    But you’ll have to stock up on a bunch of gallons of real motor oil, because that’s one thing you cannot make or grow at home.

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