Almost everyone has a dream for when they no longer have to work, or for when they have enough money, or , or, or. They’re dreams right? for the future.
A lot of people step forward and begin living their dreams when they retire. For those who have managed well, they get to retire in their 50’s. Most don’t retire until their 60’s, mid to late.
For preppers, the dreams are things like bunkers full of food, a source of water, good soil for gardening, lots of ammo, etc.
Know someone who has just purchased his dream acreage in the high desert. The only development to the land has been putting in a well, and electric to run the well. The lots around him are so far undeveloped. and he is 62.
Know he has plans for solar, greenhouse, chicken, some other livestock, barn, house of some sort, etc.
and I admit to some envy -mostly because of his isolation. People are really rubbing me wrong lately.
But began thinking of his plans. How long will it take to get all this set up for full homesteading? he’s 62. If we works fast and throws a lot of money at it, less than 5 years to get a garden in, barns, chickens, livestock, manure piles, compost, root cellar, cisterns, solar panels, batteries, wiring, some sort of grey water and composting toilet set up. Then he’ll be 67. He’s single right now, and while know he is looking for a partner on the land, he’s unlikely to find a hard working 40 year old – unless its someone thinking the old man will croak and they’ll have this fine homestead . . . . . the preppers version of a sugar daddy . . . .
anyway, at 67, presuming he threw out a lot of money to get it done, how hard can he work this acreage? managing that livestock, turning those manure piles, moving the compost into his garden beds, harvesting, preserving, managing, etc. And if he’s doing this mostly by his own sweat, rather than with beacoup $$$, really how hard can he keep going?
Five more years, how strong is he now? how hard can he work?
and notice I’m not considering any health issues, presuming that fresh air, good food, and hard work will keep him healthy!
So my envy of his fulfilling his dream is countered by my being 68. I’ve got arthritis and am losing strength in my hands. Eye sight is going, cataracts are common for those living in the desert. Husband is a year younger but he has stenosis of the spine, and his eyesight is also going. hopefully, he’ll get his cataracts operated on this year. both of us have noticed a loss of hearing (too much rock n roll!!) We do not have beacoup $$ to spend on land and its development, even if we sold off what we do have now. Even if we decided to go that way, I’d be at least 70 before we closed and moved on (it took mr. 62 about 2 years to sell his old property and then time to find the perfect new place). 70 years old to be starting to learn how to homestead, deal with livestock, plant and harvest and preserve. Kill and skin and preserve.
What kind of strength will have? what kind of skills would be able to develop to counter our lack of strength and knowledge? How long and far could we push our soft citified bodies?
So the dream is changed, reality sets limitations, and we move on in a different direction. And lets be honest, with what’s going on in the world now, prepping does seem like it was a really good idea!
Think its time to check the inventory and see what holes I have in my stores . . .