What does “off-grid” mean to us?
Ahh, off-grid. What a confusing term. The last time I told a lady “we’re going off grid,” she gave me a bright blank stare, proceeding to try puzzling out what “grid” we could possibly be talking about.
Another guy got really defensive. He thought I was talking undue trash about modern-day life. I guess he has experienced city or suburban living quite differently than me. Maybe my cacophony is his symphony.
Obviously, off-grid means something different to everyone, and to my great surprise, can even offend the rare, yet strident and oddly standoffish, individual. Because of this, I think it would be helpful to clarify exactly what Amanda and I mean by off-grid in this blog.
Hundreds of birds for hours chorus the rising of the sun.
Off-grid means animals of all types, in great and glorious abundance. The environment we develop and nurture supports exactly the collection of lively beings needed for its greatest health. We do everything we can to bring and maintain balance.
Silence, soft as a fawn’s tail tip, renews.
Sounds that nature has spent millennia refining waft about us. Sirens, ceaseless chatter, and squalling tires fade and fall away. We sigh with pleasure (beautiful bird chirping, squirrel rooting, leaves rustling) more than wince with pain (train whistle blaring, angry drunken break-up 10 feet from our window, million motorcycles revving).
Nature–so often prodded, forced, cracked, and beaten–is nurtured.
We spend deeply present days tending to the plant life all around us. By intentionally restoring native habitat, we surround ourselves with flora and fauna that most fluently speak the native earth language of the Ozarks.
Night, alive with natural calls and wind, feels pure and slow.
The cosmos no longer fails to press through an artificial globe of light. Stars and webs of galaxial color, awash in Milky Way, paint the skies.
Off-grid holds a gentle, passionate place within us. All of the great positive emotions that humans can feel—love, hope, joy—arise for us more easily and cleanly in a purely natural setting.
For us, it is not a life choice, but an inevitable destination. Years of focus, study, and research later (the fruits and trials of which you can follow in this blog), we hope to stand on the threshold of our rounded cottage and look upon a portion of the world finally restored.
Please tell me in the comments, what does off-grid mean to you?