Everyone has lifestyle goals.
When you're someone so exposed to the hustle and bustle of the crazy metro scene, it's only a matter of time before you'd consider giving it you're all in the name of a blissful off-the-grid lifestyle.
While it may seem daunting, you don't necessarily have to be overwhelmed by the transition.
There are baby steps that you can take to gradually introduce yourself to the concept and warm up a little.
But more importantly, are you prepared to live off the grid?
Let's find out.
Resigning From Pre-Made Conveniences
The shift will certainly be a big leap when all you've ever known is a life in the city.
Self-reliance is what draws the line in living off the grid and that creates a dramatic reversal in the life you have right now -- at least when you're still starting out.
You literally have to throw all the conveniences of the city out in the window and build systems from the ground up.
If you're ready to bid farewell to services that automate your life such as water from the tap, electric power from the municipal grid, TV food and so on, then you're off to a good start.
Internet connection? That's a big concern seeing as how, in many ways, the internet serves as a connective tissue for work, communications, media, and entertainment in the modern world.
But we'll have a different post for that, so stay on the lookout!
Dealing With Limited Resources
The caveat of self-reliance is dealing with way more finite resources.
That's the cost of living in a remote location disconnected from the rest of modern society.
You will be measuring (more or less) the amount of food and water you're taking from your supply and setting a schedule for electric power usage.
In other words, it will be a regimented lifestyle that requires self-discipline.
It's a profound experience will teach you the true value of what you have.
You'll learn how to count your blessings upon realizing how easy it is to consume and how long it takes to renew your resources.
Paying Off Your Debts
Make no mistake, living off the grid will cost a lot of money initially.
You wouldn't want money to be a problem because that defeats the whole purpose of what you're undertaking.
I'm also not saying that you should be flush with cash.
The point is that you would want to pay off all your debts first and worry about your homesteading plans later.
Pursuing a life off the grid shouldn't be a financial burden on top of everything else you're already shouldering because it will only make your life way more stressful.
You might end up hating off the grid living for all the wrong reasons.
Take all the time you need until you're financially ready for it.
Setting Aside Emergency Funds
Self-reliance is the very essence of living off the grid, but there will be a lot of things beyond the limits of the systems that you've built.
Your systems are not invulnerable and could break down from time to time.
Medical emergencies can happen anytime and your medical supplies can only do so much.
For this very reason, you need to set aside some money every month or every time funds come in from whatever means of living you'll have by the time you're living off the grid.
Some things are just out of your control -- never rule that out!
When you're living off the grid as a family, all the more reason to bank up on emergency funds.
How exactly can you make money or keep your job while living remotely in a homestead?
Let's talk about that in a different post.
For now, start contemplating on the points we have laid out.
Wanting to live off the grid is one thing; being ready for it is a different story.
Those two things have to be aligned.
It will require a lot of sacrifices but the pay off will be worth all the time, money and energy you'll have invested on it.
Good luck and see you on the next post!