Should This Be The New Normal?
This may sound strange, but our family has actually kind of enjoyed these last couple months on lock down. While people all over the world are going stir crazy, protesting and just plain acting foolish, we have been slowing down and enjoying our already simple hygge-lism life.
Now don’t get me wrong, we have had to cancel a couple vacation getaways, and that is a bummer. We planned on thoroughly taking advantage of our time in Europe by seeing all the sights to be seen. In the meantime, there is something to be said about experiencing life, at home, with family.
We have settled into a kind of quarantine routine of sorts. I wake up a little later than I used to, since my commute is about 15 steps. I brew a pot of french press coffee, water the plants both inside and out and then log into work. I wake up the boys, they eat and then join me in the classroom/office for their schooling. After bringing coffee up to my wife, I work and teach for the rest of the morning. By lunchtime typically all of the schooling is done. We all eat, check on the plants and work on house projects while I bounce back and forth between work and home tasks for a few hours in the afternoon.
In the evenings we sit and talk about the day, the past, the present and the future, it’s nice.
We have solidified our meal plan, we are saving and investing more than we would have. Minimizing our trips to grocery stores has made us more creative in our food processes. We have had the time to really focus on what we want, we are being more conscious of our spending, reducing our wastefulness and paying attention to our environmental impact. We have started our garden, looked further into the plants and trees that surround us for their possible benefits and have gotten even more self reliant and sustainable than we have ever been before.
All of these things have turned our attention to homesteading. Living sustainable and as much off grid as possible is something that we think could become a reality for us. To be able to raise, grow and harness nearly everything that you need to feed and support our family would be a dream. Only, it doesn’t have to be just a dream and we are in a unique and opportunistic situation to make it happen.
Our current situation is financially beneficial and also beneficial in the aspect that we have a clearly defined timeline that we can schedule, save, research and plan too. By planning, saving and focusing on what we want now, we will be able to hit the ground running, as they say when the time comes, also as they say. I also have a job that offers multiple location possibilities that I can take advantage of while we get a sustainable homestead established.
Covid-19 is a horrible pandemic, and has been devastating worldwide. Self-isolation on the other hand has had eye opening benefits for families and offered the chance for connections and realizations that were never even imagined before. While everyone is pining for the chance to run back out and return back to the old normal. We are looking at what could be the new normal for us, ready to stay in, be self sufficient and sustainable for the long term.