Do you ever wish for a "simpler" way of life?

United States
December 20, 2008 12:57pm CST
I am knee deep in watching Little House on the Prairie (trying to get a good look at that shawl which is red and I am pretty sure it is the shell pattern) and I am again longing for a simpler way of life away from this big city. I want to be out in the open with land. I want land to work and fresh air to breath. I want to live off the land and be self sufficient. I have the skills needed to do so, I know how to can,make our own clothes,quilt,I can milk a cow,I know how to preserve meats. I am a garderner, I can kill my own chicken. What I lack is money to buy the land and the house on the land. Someday if my dreams ever come true I will be out there living the life. Do you ever wish for things like this?
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@drannhh (15245)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Don't believe what you see on TV. I lived that miserable life, and one might add those people did not buy the house on the land, they built it from scratch. Brrrr. People idealize that life and to some extent rightly so, but they see the good and not the bad. It is not quite as easy to sustain oneself on the land as it looks. Be careful what you wish for, my friend.
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• United States
20 Dec 08
I grew up on a farm and seen my grandparents and uncle and aunts work farms too. I know it is unforgiving hard work but that is what I want. I want to bo out away from the hubub and city life. I would be buying land with a house on it not going to build my own that for me would be a fools folly. I just don't want the craziness of the city anymore. Living in a huge metropolis with over 1 million people is just not my thing. Unfortunatly as it stands we are stuck here.
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@drannhh (15245)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Oh, yes, I can sympathize with those feelings you have if you are in such a big city. I refused to ever live in a huge city, actually, and paid a price for that refusal, too, but human beings do need some space around them and "air" --I know you know what I mean by that! Well, maybe things will change for you and you will get your change to start over.
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• India
22 Dec 08
Oh how I wish I could get away from this noisy neighborhood and get a bit of land and be on my own...grow my own food, enjoy the fresh, sparkling air, have loads of animals romping around. Wow!! That's my dream life! I have the same problem as you. Where do I get the money from? Cheers and happy Mylotting
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• United States
22 Dec 08
That is the ultimate question. I am hoping for a better year with my crafts this year and selling the ceramic dolls so that I can start squirling away money. Of course if I had the money that my ex owes in back child support (over $73,000.00) I could put a huge chunk of a down payment and closing costs on a nice size place but that is a true pipe dream cause he will never pay it and florida and missouri will drag thier feet forever about getting it from him. So if it is to be it is up to me.
@wjcp2008 (106)
• China
21 Dec 08
Of course it looks like a good idea.But when let you do it practicaly,you will know it's hard and insupportable.I was born is a viry little country,and I come to cities for my school life.So I know clearly how hard living in country.
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• United States
21 Dec 08
I grew up living out in the boondocks in the country. My parents worked hard from sun up to sundown on the farm as well as thier jobs (mom was a nurse dad retired from career army working as a nurses aid at the VA hospital). I know how hard it is but it is not impossible. I watched my grandparents work thier farm also and my grandmother worked very hard and so did my grandfather. I crave that kind of life but I will add this I should have stated that I am not giving up all th ammenities of modern life I am keeping electricity but I think well water will be better. I am just wanting to get away from the city and grow my own food for the most part (even the Ingalls bought some of thier food at the mercantile) and raise my own food.
@stejhas (209)
• United States
20 Dec 08
You sound just like my husband! He is ALWAYS bringing this up! We have an old Holiday Rambler camper and he is always saying we should just pack up our necesseties into the camper and "go live off the land".... I used to feel the same way about being overwhelmed in the city.... We moved to a very small town (but still live within 1 hour of the 2 biggest cities in our state)... life is so much simpler here! There's no traffic, no noise, no temptations to spend money stupidly... but, there's also no grocery store, no entertainment... It's a trade-off, but I definitely prefer this really small town over the large city we used to live in. I guess we're just one step closer to the "little house" lifestyle! :)
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• United States
20 Dec 08
Sounds like you are living the life lol. I for one will not miss the city if I get a chance to get out of it. I am a hermit for the most part anyway.
@Shellyann36 (11269)
• United States
22 Dec 08
Yes I know what you mean. I would love the exact same thing! Right now we have a house with ten acres that we are renting. Currently we have 2 ducks and 14 baby chicks that we are raising. I would love to have feeder pigs and some beef on the hoof as well as dwarf dairy goats. Not sure about a dairy cow but goats might be a good sub. We are getting rabbits soon and I would love a bee hive. Our first garden here last year flopped badly, I am hoping that this year we will be more prepared. I do can things but so far it has just been jams, jellies, fruit and veggies, nothing that requires a pressure canner. I do have a pressure canner just a bit afraid to use it. LOL! I try to bake/cook everything from scratch and I need to take a sewing class. I would really like it if this place was ours but it comes with a big price tag. The owners are not wanting to let us get dairy animals and I am not sure about the pigs. We are doing what we can with what we have. I think that is the best you can do. Are you a member of any homesteading boards? Send me a pm, lets chat a bit!LOL!
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
21 Dec 08
I too love that kind of life where you are self sufficient, have a little house, some land on which you can work and grow flowers, vegetables, fruits and lead a clean fresh life.My dream house would be very basic with large open windows with a lot of light and breeze and everything neat, no clutter, bare minimum things.that would be an ideal life. But look at what i got now? an apartment in a city with a lot of noise around, and dust and smoke everywhere,traffic jam all the time!
@kareng (7980)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Oh yes! We just bought an old house with lots of room in the country. It is several miles out of town, which is a very small town and under 1,000 in population. I can't wait to finally get to retire and just enjoy life here on my front porch! I plan to put in a garden in the future. My hubby was against this, but he is now coming around. Right now, I am staying busy just trying to get the yard picked up!
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@amitj020 (125)
• India
21 Dec 08
yup i do feel the need to live a life that is more simple .but all your wishes dont come true so i just try to forget about it and try to carry on with my life .becoz i knw this aint happennig .if u want to live life uyou have to follow the rules set by the socty.u cant make your own rules...........
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@VladProd (62)
• Romania
21 Dec 08
Yep....I wish for a "simpler" way of life.Maybe "simpler" isn't the right word,'cause I don't wanna live in a smaller town or in a village.That seems too boring to me.The problem is that even in a big city,life is too 'monotone'if you know what I mean.Everybody's so busy with their job(or school,in other cases) that they don't wanna hang out with friends no more,they just go to work and then come home.Everything's too 'robotic'and 'artificial'.We spend too much time in front of the computer or watching TV.We're kinda slaves of this system,we 're manipulated and we don't have too much time to think.There are a lot of taxes and stuff that we have to pay.Anyway,it's a good thing if we have a hobby or something that we like to do(in the best case,a job where you do exactly what u like,but that's hard to find:) )
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@tabachi (263)
• Philippines
21 Dec 08
yup!there are moments when i just want to be in a faraway place surrounded by greens and within the sound of a rippling brook..i've been living in the metrpolis practically all my life..of course there's so much going if you are in the heart of an urban setting..but in my case i sometimes feel lacking...i miss some kind of serenity that a provincial setting can give..and life is more laid back..living is just what you get and see in its most naive way...like smiling at simpls folks..getting fresh veggies from a farm nearby and instead of having an ipod glued to my ears..i enjoy the chirpingg birds and the mooingof cows,etc...yes...sometimes i wish for this kind of life...
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@shui22 (4)
• China
21 Dec 08
that's sound always I dream. last month,I left the big city for a seaside city. it's so beautiful here, it's warm for the whole year. But I have to give up my dream to be a famous fashion designer. But this lifestyle is also what I long for,have the leisure time for reading,tour,playing and also designing. Maybe not for long time, I will have my studio here, meanwhile, enjoy the shining stars in the dark,the sea water,the navigation,the hill,the green trees,the colorful flowers,the smell of the earth,more important,the fresh air,the freedom of the heart.
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@swtpareek (651)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I surely do! Away from the sky-scrappers and all the vehicles honking in your ears. I too wish I could go and live in a faraway place where I could live a peaceful life!
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@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I wouldn't mind living the simpler life. I wouldn't go so far as to get rid of things like our electricity or air conditioning, but I like the the thought of not so many worries. I don't think I'd be able to kill animals for my food, but I might be able to do the garden thing. The rest would just have to come along with it.
• United States
21 Dec 08
Lately I've really been dreaming of this kind of lifestyle. A lot of my stress and worry comes from other people...Crowded grocery stores, expensive clothes, mid-night break ins, etc. It's a scary world. I feel the exact same way. You have a sense of security and accomplishment when you're away from it all. Some of the simpler things in life are the most enjoyable!
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@audrey7 (233)
• Jamaica
21 Dec 08
I share your views on having a simple way of life but I do not want to do the same me kind of things that you want to do. By the way I enjoy watching 'little house on the Prairie". I cannot bring myself to kill a chicken, as a matter of fact I do not like to go into the meat market. When I do I do not eat the meat for months because it affects me. Neither am I a gardener.However, I have done some amount of adjustment to my lifestyle and I think that I am happy with it. I have been living in the rural area for twenty one years now so I have a piece of land, and I have a partner who is an agriculturalist so he cultivates. My hands suffer if I do gardening so I do not indulge from I was a young but I enjoy the atmosphere for this type of activity. Sometimes this kind of 'dream' is a wish because of our socolization, our career path and the influences around. My advice to you is start with the little that you have. Whereever you live start planting,then make plans to purchase a piece of land. You have some question to ask yourself though. Do you have time to do all this? Will you be able to adjust to this new way of life? You can suprise yourself and live the life as you call it.
@owntuilp (422)
• China
21 Dec 08
thats so cool
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@Masmasika (1922)
• Philippines
21 Dec 08
I was born and grew up in the rural area and had enjoyed every bit of going to the farm, planting rice, vegetables and every kind of plant. I had tried trekking a distance from our field. I had tried feeding the cow with salt on my palms and I felt tickled as the cows licked the salt from my palm. I had tried feeding goats, cows, rabbits, and carabao with grasses that we got from the fields. IN short I was a farmer before. Although I live in the city now because of the nature of my job, I still live a very simple life and from time to time we go home to the province and enjoy the cold weather and the fresh air there. I don't intend to get old in the city. I want to go back to the farm when I retire from work. I never dreamed of living in the city for good. I live here because it is here where I earn a living but after a few years I would be back home where I belong. I belong to the farm. It is where I feel happy and contented.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
21 Dec 08
not like that, but i do wish i lived at the beginning of the 20th century (i am a huge history fanatic and i love that part of history!) even then, times were much simpler but i have to admit that i like some of the conveniences that we enjoy, just not the crazy speed that life travels at.
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@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I have read up on things like homesteading and sustainable living as well. Not sure I want to slaughter chickens. :) However, I think the main thing that interests me is energy efficiency and renewable electricity sources.
@Indojo (242)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I always seem to oscillate back and forth between wanting to live like a hermit in the countryside, and the need to experience culture in a big city. We actually own a mini-farm. It's all fenced in and ready for goats, cows, horses, etc. But we never got around to buying one animal. I got so bored living in the middle of nowhere, when it's a 30 minute drive to any decent sized city. Now we're living in India, maybe the most crowded country in the world, and I'm thinking how great it would be to live at the beach, far away from people, and just relax all day. I never can seem to make up my mind!
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