People who live in the city are typically reliant on a whole host of urban services and resources, from grocery stores to gas stations, utility companies, mass transit, police and fire departments, hospitals, and more. Things that most urbanites take for granted. And so the term self-reliance can be confusing or misunderstood.
Self-sufficiency, self-reliance, sustainable living, these are all versions of the same ideal in which individuals or communities seek to live and work free of the outside world to one degree or another. This also goes hand-in-hand with a rural lifestyle, as most folks who live in the country are self-sufficient to one degree or another.
Being self-reliant is more than just growing your own food. Sustainable living means being able to “live off the grid” so to speak, and this can include generating your own renewable energy, making your own clothing and other textiles, repairing or even constructing your own home and other buildings, being able to hunt and fish for food, being able to handle medical or dental emergencies when then arise, and more.
Self-sufficiency is a mindset to some extent, a willingness to forgo traditional comforts and conformities. It usually takes a strong-minded individual to go without the security of knowing there’s a grocery store nearby, or an emergency clinic around the corner. It harkens back to an earlier time in our history when just about everyone had to “live off the land” and fend for themselves in one way or another.
It goes without saying that this can be a big adjustment for city folk who’ve never had to be independent in his way. If you’re an urban dweller who’s considering a move to the country and a more self-reliant life, make sure you have some training and you know what you’re getting into first. It’s not for everyone, and you don’t want to find out the hard way that it’s not for you when you’re living on your own in a rural environment.
For many people, being self-sufficient and self-reliant is more about being ready to handle anything that might come their way, no matter where they live. With these uncertain economic times, and with climate change and the severe weather that we’re seeing around the country, being able to take care of yourself and your family in an emergency is important.
Some of the topics related to self-reliance include emergency preparedness, survival skills, proper food storage, building an emergency shelter in or near your home, hunting and firearms training, emergency power generation, water filtration, investing in precious metals, self-defense and martial arts, and more.