Off the grid: Not being connected to a grid. Autonomous. Not relying on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid, communication systems or similar utility services.
Basically something I could never do. Ever. And by never-ever, I mean, it’s not gonna happen. There’s not even a remote possibility of me surviving such a thing. Just… no.
I can’t even handle camping. It took me nearly 30 years to go on my first camping trip. It was just overnight. I hated every single second of it. No running water? No electricity? No flushing toilet? Um… how am I supposed to wash my hands, bathe, do my hair, keep myself entertained and prevent my body from going into septic shock? Also, how is this fun? How is this a “vacation”? Am I missing something?
We invented houses, indoor plumbing, running water and electricity for a reason. How is not having those luxuries a “vacation”? Clearly, someone doesn’t know the meaning of that word.
Anyway… what was I saying? Oh, yes. Camping. If I couldn’t handle camping for less than 24 hours, I sure as heck could never handle going “off the grid”. I’m way too high maintenance for that kind of lifestyle. And yet, apparently it’s gaining in popularity. Apparently, it’s becoming a “thing”. Darryl Hannah does it. So does Ed Begley Jr.
And so, when I stumbled across this blog about living off the grid, I was fascinated. She does everything herself. Gets water. Gathers wood. Chops the wood. Grows food. Cans the food. Feeds the fire. Feeds the cookstove. (Did you know that if you bake using a wood burning cookstove, you have to keep feeding the fire with wood of a certain size and type to keep the temperature steady? Whaaa? I can’t even remember to turn off the stove when I’m done using it. My ridiculously short attention span could decidedly not handle the constant feeding of a stove.) I mean… it’s genuinely amazing. How does she do it? And also, does it make me look ridiculously lazy, irresponsible, and high maintenance to not even be able to fathom living like this for even an hour? It totally does, doesn’t it? *sigh*
Heck, I’m too afraid to use the bathroom at night because the toilet seat might be chilly. So… using an outhouse would be like… the death of me. And the thought of not being able to use a blow dryer every single morning? Oh the horror! So, seeing people choosing to live like this is fascinating… and I genuinely admire them, because I certainly could never do it. (Also, I’m basically screwed when the world markets crash, the food shortage begins and the Apocalypse kicks into high gear. Fingers crossed that an “Off the Gridder” will take me in.)
So, here’s the question I pose: How many of you could handle living off the grid? And how far off the grid could you handle?