The majority of people buy into the idea of living in a large home with all the luxuries and home comforts associated with the modern age, yet in pursuit of this lifestyle that is filled with huge flat screen TV’s, the best automobiles, and various gadgets, we often find ourselves trapped in the materialistic lifestyle we create for ourselves.
In many ways, this lifestyle represents an insatiable need for “more” – whilst a brand new car offers a temporary feeling of prestige, one’s ego can soon be deflated upon their neighbour pulling up in an even bigger, better or newer car… and in this sense, we live rather fragile lives, where our self-esteem and sense of happiness is contingent on the possessions we acquire.
Today, many people are shifting their paradigm from the typical “more is better” approach to a more sustainable consciousness where freedom is the top priority. In this sense, people don’t wish to be trapped on the treadmill that is the rat race – where they rarely see their families, and when they do, they are so exhausted from the working week that they have little energy to truly engage.
People today, seem to want to live life much more on their own terms, and in this vein, they crave the freedom derived from more alternative lifestyles.
When you consider how much money it costs to maintain a luxurious lifestyle, and the amount of energy required to generate the cash to fuel such a lifestyle, you can soon see how trapped people must feel.
Whilst there are many business opportunities that promise passive income and a more “free” lifestyle, one of the most significant ways you can have more freedom within your life, is to consider what is known as “off the grid living”.
Whilst there are many environmental and socio-economic benefits associated with the self-sufficient tiny house movement, it’s not just for hippies and environmentalists. Today, many people are finding a sense of freedom by creating a more self-sufficient and sustainable home.
Of course, there are some drawbacks, such as the fact you will no longer benefit from the convenience associated with the effortless supply of energy coming into your home, but the idea of getting a oil heat delivery each month can feel part of the rustic charm and joy of living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Whether you aspire to live a more frugal or green lifestyle, off the grid living is certainly something worth considering, as an alternative to the standard routine – as many people report a much greater sense of wellbeing, connection and feeling of being “alive” when living this way.
WHAT IS THE TINY HOUSE MOVEMENT IN A NUTSHELL?
The tiny house movement could be summed up as an endeavour to simplify your life; meaning you aspire to live with less by moving away from the consumerism most people are subject to and live their lives by.
It could sound like quite an extreme measure akin to hermitage or apocalyptic suvivalism, but living off the grid doesn’t necessarily mean you are living an insular life of social isolation. Indeed, on the contrary, living in this way results in many families and couples getting much closer to each other as they have more time to spend enjoying the simple things in life such as food, nature and outdoor activity.
In a nutshell, it’s an opportunity to break free from the conventional life of working forty hours a week for forty years. It prioritises living life to the fullest and squeezing the most from each day, rather than living to work, and living in a constant state of needing more.
Did you know that many people spend half their income on keeping a roof over their head? Whilst having a home is clearly a valid priority to have, spending half of your income on an unnecessarily fancy property is often done in an attempt to feel a feeling of “home”, yet the feeling of home, by its nature is a feeling – and it will not come from material goods.
So many people think that by buying a bigger flat screen, for instance, will make them feel more at home, when in reality the things that tend to make people feel at home the most are experiences – such as cuddling up with their partner to watch a film, or sharing a nice meal together after a long day.
In this sense, off the grid living can contribute much more to creating the feeling of “home” and will certainly help create a feeling of connection and family.
WHAT’S THE MOTIVATION BEHIND IT?
For some people, it’s undoubtedly out of financial necessity, as living off the grid is a much more frugal way to live, then for others it’s more about environmentalism and wanting a greener lifestyle that allows for a more connected state of existence.
There’s a question as to whether the idea of “off the grid” living is just an aspirational way to package up an austere lifestyle, and is perhaps for those financially struggling, or without ambition to succeed in the modern world.
Yet, the truth is, everyone has their own motivation and oftentimes the people embracing off the grid living are rather affluent professionals that have tried a high paid corporate job for a more family focused lifestyle. Therefore, it’s important not to confuse the motivation for this lifestyle with the need to live a frugal life.
In summary, living off the grid enables people to feel more free within their lives as no longer are they imprisoned by hefty mortgage payments, car payments, and utility bills – as they are no longer required to work in a corporate setting where they are chained to a desk (though many people remain in their job, but work remotely, from home).
Living off the grid can be a great vehicle to connect with your family, yourself, nature, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life; for instance, the crackle of an open fire or gazing up at the stars in a dark sky free from the yellow light associated with city living.