Reason for trying to be self-sufficient: because you feel you have to or because you enjoy it?

spector

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I always call myself a semi-prepper, because I am not "hard core" about the whole thing. I was thinking about it today, as I was transplanting a wild rose and thinking that a "real" prepper would not be wasting time on flowers. I realized that I practice self-sufficiency because I really have fun doing it, not because I feel like it will save my life some day. I am on a couple of sites where I think people are way too wrapped up in stressing about TEOWAWKI to enjoy their homestead and the practice of figuring out how to do things that take advantage of the free resources all around us (wild edibles, rain water, etc). I was almost surprised, when the shut downs hit, to realize that I was just fine, because I have ample supplies of what I need around me, and some spare to give to friends and family. I hadn't been planning for it, it just happened organically because I like to have such systems in place. Today, I am working out how to finally set up a rainwater catchment system for this winter, not because I am worried that my well will run dry (I am actually thinking about having a new and better well put in, since this old dog was put in about 50 years ago and pumps an incredible 2-3 gallons per minute. [And no, I did not forget a zero in there.]) but because I like to experiment and want to see how much rain I can catch and use in my garden next summer. No stress, no worries, no sense of urgency, just having fun with the process. I am not sure if my attitude makes me less genuine as a prepper, or more genuine, but either way, I think it keeps my blood pressure down.
 

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spector, I pretty much agree. I grow veggies etc for the fun of it and for the satisfaction it gives me when I bring food into the house. As I type this I can smell beetroot being boiled on the stove and my wife will either pickle it or serve it as a hot vegetable. I have quite a lot of storage tank water capacity so in tough times we are OK, but I am not doing it to be off-grid (although some of that appeals to me).
 
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I do not yet have a garden in place so can't answer it based on personal experience yet but I like the idea of being prepared with food stocks on hand and gardens set up in case something in the world goes completely sideways. I do hope though that it stays more of a hobby than actually specifically necessary though.
 

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The moment I realised that we hadn’t bought tomatoes from the store in 3 seasons was the moment that I fell in love with self-sufficiency. And it has driven me to see what else I can be self-sufficient in, like a challenge - but a really fun one!
So it’s definitely not something that I feel like I HAVE to do, more like something that inspires me to be even better at it.
We are by no means off grid, we don’t have solar, our rainwater tanks aren’t even set up to pump. I just find peace and, contentment and pride that I can contribute in the best way possible to our diets and wellbeing.
 

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I always call myself a semi-prepper, because I am not "hard core" about the whole thing. I was thinking about it today, as I was transplanting a wild rose and thinking that a "real" prepper would not be wasting time on flowers. I realized that I practice self-sufficiency because I really have fun doing it, not because I feel like it will save my life some day. I am on a couple of sites where I think people are way too wrapped up in stressing about TEOWAWKI to enjoy their homestead and the practice of figuring out how to do things that take advantage of the free resources all around us (wild edibles, rain water, etc). I was almost surprised, when the shut downs hit, to realize that I was just fine, because I have ample supplies of what I need around me, and some spare to give to friends and family. I hadn't been planning for it, it just happened organically because I like to have such systems in place. Today, I am working out how to finally set up a rainwater catchment system for this winter, not because I am worried that my well will run dry (I am actually thinking about having a new and better well put in, since this old dog was put in about 50 years ago and pumps an incredible 2-3 gallons per minute. [And no, I did not forget a zero in there.]) but because I like to experiment and want to see how much rain I can catch and use in my garden next summer. No stress, no worries, no sense of urgency, just having fun with the process. I am not sure if my attitude makes me less genuine as a prepper, or more genuine, but either way, I think it keeps my blood pressure down.
I think it's funny that the term 'prepper' is used so much these days, mostly because - as you put it - the 'hard core' preppers getting quite a bit of exposure. To me, it's a lifestyle choice, it's one that our great great grandparents lived back when there were fewer choices to be had :) Self sufficiency is also a newer term which just describes our forefathers practices, ones which we got disconnected from during the Industrial revolution and perhaps are now just rediscovering? Living within your means is one way of looking at it, becoming less dependant on store bought supplies and learning how to come up with different methods (again mostly from years past) that we find acceptable to our skillset/mindset and willingness to adopt is very satisfying and fulfilling isn't it? Forums like this, filled with people all doing (to some degree) the same thing are a great educational tool and a place to share experiences. I think you attitude makes you a well rounded/adjusted 'prepper' spector, and I really enjoy hearing from you and what you are doing :cheer:
 
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We do it for sooo many reasons...we have a large family and one income, so growing our food is cheaper; its the most healthy option; we live a long way from a supermarket, and even further from a good one; we like to be prepared incase we find ourselves without much income, or the system breaks down in some way....and we LOVE the ĺifestyle.

If you dont plant roses and other flowers how are you going to pollinate your vegies...and besides, roses are a great source for skincare and vinegars.