How being outdoorsy will majorly boost your self-sufficiency

Ever wonder how some people seem to do almost everything on their own? From growing their own food, to fixing their own vehicles, to brewing their own beer, to raising their own livestock, to even building their own homes, self-sufficient folks need little to no help from you or anyone else.

I guarantee you they didn’t just end up that way. It took many years of victory and defeat before they felt comfortable venturing out on their own.

And it all started with being outdoorsy. How do I know that? Simple.

Outdoorsy souls aren’t exactly inclined to worry about your overall well-being. They’re more concerned with their own health and safety. Sounds harsh, I know. While everyone tends to “watch out” for each other outdoors, and will hopefully be helpful in emergency situations, the safety of the group is greatly increased if each member is self-sufficient and reliable.

If you’re new to spending time outdoors, away from civilization, you might actually feel insulted at times when your buddies don’t drop everything to help with your minor setbacks and dilemmas. Don’t take it personally. All you need is practice and patience.

You’ll become more self-sufficient by spending more time in the wilderness. I guarantee it. The deeper you get, the more you’re going to need to rely on your skills to survive. You’ll be as comfortable  and self-sufficient as the next guy/gal soon enough.

Think about it like this. You build on your self-sufficiency skills every time you fix a stove at high altitudes, make an improvisational sling out of a bandana, construct a suitable emergency shelter in driving rain, repair a tent pole with limited supplies, or use your head to overcome any number of events nature throws your way. Victory and defeat, over and over again.

And here’s the good news: anyone can be self-sufficient. I really mean it.  Because there are varying degrees of self-sufficiency—from the modern day Thoreaus to the lady down the street growing a simple, productive garden—you can adjust accordingly to fit your lifestyle at home.

What’s important is self-sufficiency knowledge and know-how. You will be more confident and more capable not only out in the woods, but in life in general. You can achieve this faster and with better results by spending more time hanging out with Mother Nature.

When you do start growing your own food, brewing your own beer, and raising your own livestock, call me. I’ll be happy to take homegrown produce, meat, and beer off your hands.

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18 comments

  1. This is a great post. I think it’s especially pertinent during these bad economic times. I was just watching someone on the news who lost their job. He’s now planting a garden and hoping he can live off of it, just in case. Self sufficiency is incredibly important. I actually have a huge food storage and am prepared to grind my own wheat if I need to. It gives me peace of mind. And I’m happy to share!

    1. I hear ya! You gotta do what you gotta do these days. Planting a garden is a good start. Think of all the money you can save if your garden takes off!

      Now, when you say “huge food storage” are we talking like those folks on Doomsday Preppers? Have you seen that show yet? Or are you more the Extreme Couponing type?

      Either way, nice work. I have to admit that my food storage isn’t so great at the moment. We did take extra steps to be prepared for emergencies after our power went out for the entire day once. Hey, you never know, right? Better to be ready.

      1. Well, I have enough food and water to survive for a year if I had to. I know, crazy, right? It comes in these big airtight bins (Wheat, Rice, Honey, etc.) My basement looks like a bunker! haha! (a slight exaggeration.) I bet you never expected that from me! : )
        Like I said, if times get bad, I’ll be happy to share with those in need.

      1. To be fair, I do have duct tape in the car. Just not always on my person. At least, not on my person in non-erotic ways. TMI?
        but if I didn’t, I’d use the knife to make mount holes in the bumper and bumper mount,then use the velcro to mount it.
        Tada!

  2. Man, you gotta stop talking about patience…every time I read it over here I start signing it..Now.. self sufficiency.. um yea..well ok. Im feeling it. You know what else I think is true? That you have to be free of stuff.. you can go anywhere and do anything without all the stuff we have – material possessions that we think we need.. Once you go somewhere with just a few changes of clothes and a book or two and very little else..except of course a swiss army knife and some velcro… I know who to call next time I am in a jam McGuapo..;-) and you go for say a month and suddenly realixze you are doing just fine.. well that opens a lot of doors. ….are we eve talking about the same things? I mean the same level of self sufficiency.. well.. I think it makes sense… but …

    1. Axl made me do it. He’s just so dang convincing, that Axl.

      I hear ya on the “free of stuff” thinking. We just moved, and the amount of crap we accumulated over the years was amazing! That’s why I love backpacking. Everything you need is on your back, nothing less, nothing more. Mostly because you don’t want to carry more stuff than you need! I bet you know all about that being in the service. They teach you guys anything about self-sufficiency?

      1. That darn Axl .
        Yes…they drop us in the wilderness with a compass a.d map and we have to eat bugs and twigs and get out alive… Im.here arent i? 😛

      2. Sure are, and more of a badass for doing so. I bet Twigs ‘n’ Bugs is pretty tasty with a little BBQ sauce. Wait, you probably wouldn’t have that, would you?

      3. bbq sauce.. good idea! To be fair.. I didn;t have to do the hardcore survival stuff – we had MREs and it was a day trip – well for most anyways,..the ones that took longer well, it wasn;t really a good sign of self sufficiency 🙂 The badass part kinda comes in hindsight… I didn;t feel like a badass then but looking back on it .. I did some pretty badass stuff – especially for a girl… I was in an infantry unit that did an annual 25 mile road march – full gear, kevlar and weapon… if we completed it and under 12 hours, we got a special belt buckle.. I didn;t think it was that bog of a deal until my x volunteered to do it – just for the buckle.. it was like bragging rights… you know I flashed that baby at him every chance I got… lol.. “Gee look honey..my belt buckle is stuck..can can you fix it?” “Oh are you polishing your brass? Can you do my belt buckle too while you are at it?” hahahahahaa.. maybe that should be more of a BWA HAHAHAHAAHA…evil … I prefer impish mischievousness… in a self sufficient way of course 😉

  3. Great post! (since our home-made beer making was a bust – I might try to make some home-made wine this fall…I’m not even a big wine drinker but home-made strawberry/blackberry wine sounds so good!!) I canned some peppers the other day, too! 🙂

    1. You know what I learned not too long ago? Canning is way harder than I ever knew! At least that’s what my mom and sister were telling me. I had no idea. Canned peppers and strawberry wine sounds fantastic right about now (it’s only 11 a.m., but whatever). You should be able to use your beer making stuff with your wine, right? I bought my sister a winemaking kit once, and it was really similar to my beer kit. Let me know how your winemaking adventures go!

  4. I don’t know why but I feel like beating my chest right now.
    Loved this post. I can’t wait to get back into the outdoors and boost my self-sufficiency!

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