Could you handle living in the middle of nowhere?
I don’t know what it is but there is something about living out in the middle of nowhere that has always really appealed to me. Whenever I watch programs of these people who live out in the remotest parts of the earth like Alaska, Lapland or perhaps on a little remote island somewhere, growing their own produce, catching their own dinner and chopping their own logs for the fire I don’t know, the idea of it just really appeals to me. But then there’s also a side of me that wonders whether I really have the kind of personality to survive in a place like that, mentally at least – after all I think most men fancy themselves as a bit of a Bear Grylls!
On the one hand for example, I really don’t mind my own company and I just love being with my family, so in that sense you’d think I’d be fine. But then I’m not a total hermit of a person either, and I get a bit frustrated sometimes where a week or two has gone by and there just seems to be nothing really happening around and about.
Another part of me would really like to switch off from society as a whole at times, just to get away from all of the noise of day to day living. But then I wonder how I would cope with some of the little things, like watching the big game with a mate or playing football with friends. I’m quite a simple guy in a lot of ways and I don’t need all that much to be happy, but take away these few little things and I can’t help but feel like I might crack up a bit.
As I write about it I think I know that I’m probably not cut out for extreme remote living. I’d still like to live a little bit further out in the countryside someday soon though, just to get a little bit more of a taste of country living. That idea really does appeal to me.
What about you then? What kind of person are you? Do you like your own company or are you the sort of person that can’t stand to be on your own for more than 5 minutes? Could you go to the extremes that some people do, such as inhabiting some remote island off the shores of the Scottish highlands and farming the land, just you and your family? Or would the idea of not being able to nip to your local supermarket to pick up your essentials be enough to tip your stress levels over the edge? We’re all different so it would be interesting to hear how you think you would react.
Perhaps I should give the idea of remote living a chance one day and just do it. Who knows, I might really like it and never look back. But then Mrs B. and I would have to take the kids along for the ride and I’m not sure if they would be all that happy about it.
As I say, I think it’s pretty clear that this isn’t going to happen for me right now, but how about you?