This week I have not wanted to do so much. There must be something going on astrologically because I have been so grumpy and stubborn, and a bit lazy, but nothing is wrong! Stepping outside myself to get a different perspective, I see nothing going on externally that could cause me to feel this way. It has even been difficult for me to gather the will to write a blog post.
We usually hand wash all of our dishes, but because I have been so down, we’ve used the dishwasher three times this week! Honestly the reason why I’m writing this blog post is to show a bit of gratitude toward the many conveniences I have in my home – a clothes washer and dryer, a dishwasher, running water, ceiling fans, a refrigerator, and so many other things I probably can’t think of because, well, they’re just there, and of course we have those things, so what’s the big deal?
I just finished watching Kalle Flodin’s most recent video about some of the hardships he deals with since moving to the forest to live a simple life. He doesn’t have running water so he has to shower outside – even in the winter. And I remember watching one of Jonna Jinton’s earlier vlogs where she said she was getting a dishwasher installed in her new home (it’s an old house but she had just moved in).
Seeing the difficulties that people face after they move to the woods doesn’t make me not want to do it. It actually makes me want to do it more. It makes me appreciate the modcons I have now because I might not have them in the future, even just for a short time.
Right now, I feel like I don’t have to fight to live. I can have everything delivered to my door, even groceries, and if something needs to be repaired then we submit a maintenance request on our apartment’s website, and someone usually arrives the next day to sort it out. This kind of living has made me lazy in some ways, and take for granted the fact that I can do things like wash all of my laundry easily in the comfort of my own home. In fact, since we rarely use our dishwasher, it didn’t start after I had already loaded it full with dirty dishes. I got so upset that I had to take everything out to hand wash, and since we use it as a drying rack, I couldn’t reload it with the clean dishes since it was all dirty on the inside! So half of our small kitchen was taken up with dishes. Thankfully, there was just a switch under the bottom panel that got hit somehow, and we needed to have the dial on “off” to close the detergent holder. That situation made me realize how much I had gotten used to having these things.
I know living in the forest will be extra challenging for the first several years. But I don’t think it is healthy to live so blind to all of the technologies that make our lives easier. And sometimes all of these technologies can distract us from what it feels like to really live.
Thank you for reading! I hope it got you thinking a bit. Talk to you soon ♥