Yes, that might be a challenge! Could you do it? Even for a short period of time? We have so many things in our lives that distract us from the simplicity that we desire and crave — at least I do.
A couple of years ago in our area of the country, we had an amazing wind storm that took down trees and power poles by the dozens. Now only was the damage to homes, streets and cars like nothing that we’ve seen here in ages, it also lefts thousands (and I mean thousands) of people without power for days and days and days. We were without power for 8 days! Our oldest daughter and 2 grandchildren lived with us at the time so after a couple of days, I sent them off to my parents because they had power. Then I just hunkered down …
We have a generator so we hooked it up and ran it for awhile each morning and evening so that the freezers would run for awhile, so that the water heater would heat up so we could shower (every couple of days) and charge phones and tablets (for emergencies only). Besides that, we used candles for light, wood stove for heat and I transferred all of my refrigerator items to my greenhouse (it was November so it was cool enough and it just became a walk in fridge). We have a natural gas stove/over so I was able to cook, for the most part.
I had a great time!!! Some of my friends and neighbors called me crazy then and still do. Perhaps I was born at the wrong time because I became Laura Ingalls Wilder. I made corn bread on the wood stove. While it was daylight, I did whatever cleaning I was able to do with the limited resources that I had, prepped meals, made sure I had wood to last the day and night, and checked on neighbors. I read 3 books that week! In the evenings, my husband and I read, played games, talked about our dreams and just spent time together … actually talking!!
But it got me thinking — I could live like that! Now don’t get me wrong — I love the modern conveniences of flush toilets, hot and cold running water, and a hot shower (I LOVE a hot shower!). But when it came to just doing what I needed to do to survive and provide for my family and then spend time just enjoying life, I could totally get into that!
Our world runs on technology so completely taking it away wouldn’t be beneficial. Having said that, how do we balance how the world of technology with the simple life? Something to make you say “hmmmm”. I think that I’m going to start by “unplugging” more than I have been. It can be a part of each day, a couple of days each week or even longer periods of time. Just enough time for me to reset to an easier way … a simpler way … the “Little House on the Prairie” way. Yes, I might be a little crazy but I like it that way!
So unplug!!! Or at least consider it…it will be good for you.