I see a lot of people taking the plunge and moving to homesteads, going off grid, and generally moving to more sustainable, self sufficient living. There are lots of benefits to these lifestyles that far out weigh the negative.
What some people don’t realize is that there can be a lot of hard work attached to these ways of living. I wonder if these people who say they are in it for the long haul are just living day to day or are they really considering the long term?
My birthday is right around the corner. It’s a big one. A lot of the things we had hoped to do are starting to fade. I am finding out now that my bad joint pain can be limiting. The heat and humidity in the summer send my asthma into attacks. While I consider myself in pretty good shape for approaching AARP age, I have to face the fact that I’m not a young anymore. While I’m not yet out to pasture, now is the time to set things into motion that will make those years easier.
We actually started thinking about it when we bought our house 12 years ago.
While we didn’t mind having a basement, we wanted a ranch style home so that if this is our final home we won’t have to worry about getting around it when we’re older. This was important because we had seen older family members who were having a hard time with stairs including one who fell down a flight of basement stairs. If we move, we will again look for something that will take us comfortable into our older years. So, while we don’t want to limit ourselves, we also don’t want to make things harder down the road. It takes thoughtful planning. Gardening, raising animals, caring for the home and property…how will you handle these things in your older years? For example: chopping all your firewood by hand isn’t as easy at 70 years old as it is for a 40 year old.
I know many of us are optimistic about these things in our later years. “Oh, we’ll manage.” Will you? Even the average American lifestyle is challenging to the aged. I’m not aged (*sigh*) and I have a hard time opening jars and bottles due to the joint pain in my hands. I wonder how this will effect my gardening and canning? How will this effect my butchering meat? How will this effect my crochet business?
Have you thought about it? Now is the time to plan and put things into place for your lifestyle long term that will make your older years easier. It’s much easier to do it now while you are able than to wait until the day you find you can’t.
Until next time – live simply and love abundantly! Grace and peace…