Returning to our Wild, Primal Ways – Day 13 of the 30 Day Challenge.

candleI had an earlier post but for some reason hesitated to post it.  Returning from the grocery store, a new message found me and I shall share.

I went into town to get some groceries.  I struggled cause I am not feeling great. I even sat in the truck for a few minutes and gathered up enough energy just to go in.  The task of putting a quarter in the grocery cart then pushing it around seemed daunting.  However, my family needs food, so I did what I had to do. 😉

So there I am drudging along between aisles then all of a sudden…darkness!  The power went out.  Can you believe that!! It stayed out the entire time I shopped.  I had to try and find a good fruit by feel, not by sight.  I shopped in darkness the entire time. It really got me thinking so much about…

a) the amount we depend on electricity and

b) how luxurious my life is and how much I take it for granted.

I thought about how the grocers would keep the meat and dairy cold if the power stayed out for a long while and even how I’d pay my grocery bill without the debit machine.  I hadn’t even contemplated that I’d have to manually put my groceries in front of the cashier as the belt to move them forward wouldn’t work without electricity.  Nor did I think about how I’d get my large, semi size cart out of the store when the automatic doors stopped working and I had to manually push them open while pulling what seemed like a diesel truck style grocery cart out simultaneously.  Funny!

Wow, how much do we literally take for granted?  I feel a touch guilty, even slightly embarrassed…dare I even say lazy?

I thought how much luxury I have just for having electricity and I wondered how my grandma’s survived with no running water, or electricity with babies.  Amazing, strong, tough women I tell ya!

So, maybe just for today…notice the gift of electrical current running through our homes.  Think of how much life would be different with out such a gift.  Where would we store our groceries?  What would we do without a TV?  How would we live differently?  It pulls out a fun, wild, primal part of me when I reflect.

A part of me feels guilty for how lazy and dependent I’ve become on these luxuries and another part of me craves the simplicity of that life.  Can you imagine how much we wouldn’t need gyms or exercise routines because we were manually doing everything from hauling groceries, canning vegetables for the year, prepping and preserving meats, likely even hunting them (with all the love and gratitude in the world of course).  Imagine using candles instead of light switches, fires instead of stoves, wash boards instead of washing machines!!

What if today, we soaked in all of our luxuries, imagining…wondering, if we’d be doing what we are doing if we didn’t have access to electricity?  How might life be different?  What are some of the luxuries you get to enjoy and likely take for granted that our grandparents did not?  This is today’s journal prompt.

I’m humbled, grateful and will be more conscious of the gifts I have in this lifetime.

What would it be like to live without power for an evening?  Give it a whirl?  It happened to us once in the past year when the power went out for 5 hours.  Luckily we had a fireplace, candles and flashlights.  We played games and hide and seek and connected in the most primal way.  It was beautiful.

What would it be like to live a more primal, raw, life?

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4 Comments on “Returning to our Wild, Primal Ways – Day 13 of the 30 Day Challenge.

  1. Hi Crystal, I lived in a caravan for almost ten years without electricity or running water; I used candles for light and a wind up radio. Now I live in a house with electricity and there are things which are much easier like having a washing machine, using the computer which is nice and especially having a hot bath. But there are things which I miss like watching the light die and lighting candles, listening to the silence, the birds and the night and the beauty of candlelight and the sky without streetlights. So yes there are things we gain but lose in equal measure in my opinion!

    • Yes for sure….I can see that!!! There’s a beautiful simply to both ways of life, yet in different capacities. Thanks so much for sharing, that’s an amazing story and experience 🙂

  2. This post is so timely. I had just written about the general lethargy of pre -teenage son’s. The world they inhabit with gadgets and gaming devices makes me sad. I add to that that I find them a bit weak in nature and generally lazy. I am grateful and saddened by the stuff we have . The dish washer makes my life easier. Maybe too much so. The computer is great , until it isn’t. The t.v. is god in our house and they move little if at all. They shape their lives around their favirote shows and that makes me sad too. I am always questioning, how does this work, how can I make this and that and create something out of nothing. I long to be free of a lot of the modern day stuff. To feel my feet on the earth and in the earth and to get my hands dirty. I feel more alive now, than I ever did.
    I am saddened by son’s lack of care about the planet, about people and life. They have no real struggles and life is so easy that they balk over the simpliest struggle. Everything they have means nothing.
    Kids now get together and sit on devices ignoring each other, they flit from game to game and are cronically bored. They want food to drop in their laps and to be waited on every minute of everyday.
    Nothing inspires. nothing grabs their , little scruffy heads and makes them think or do. They are very entitled. Why write when you can use a computer. Why cook when there is take out1 Why do anything!
    I feel myself tire of the whining of the privledged.they look up things quickly and find answers on line instead of in books or connecting with other people. They are happy to be dependent on me and have every need met. Nothing about them, wants to be frustrated or take a risk or move out of that comfort zone.
    I find myself anting to escape them and go back to the earth. to roll around in the sand and to sweat. To be outside in life with bugs and trees and stars. I find these concrete walls that I am grateful for trying.
    The stuff enjoyed for ten minutes , 20 dollars later. The must haves and the never used. I keep getting rid of stuff. My philosophy seems so old and dumb to my kids. They want it all handed to them. They want their butts wiped and meals cooked. They want to take taxis and buses and be driven to things. They make me very sad.
    I don’t blame them, I am sure I was not interested in much at their age and that I too wanted my mom to make it all easy! Now, I enjoy and am more hungry to learn and play than I ever was. Embracing the challenges and navigating without a car.
    I systematically in the dark hours purge my house of the stuff. The 40 dishes and the games bought , that line shelves and are now obsolete. the most have books unread. The art supplies, untouched. Why create when you can sit passively and be entertained by games and images of friends.
    I get angry and sad over this everyday. Every member in this house, waits for me to find things they have lost, to make their plans for them, for the fairy to make food arrive, prepared and exactly like they want it.They want lego land and mine kraft and phones and selfies. Not community and helping others and being a member of a house , a part of a team. They want center stage and endless praise.
    No forts get built, no curiosity. What will happen if? They want there lives to free of life!
    I am grateful for so much of my life and yet I long for it to be made simpler. The rushing around often feels like busy work disguised as work .
    I know I have help create this. I know it was not my intention. I also know, I sound old and stupid yo them when I talk about the olden days. Or try to interest them in a piece of music or history. So, I pull back into myself. I amuse myself. I play with the raw materials of my life and I long for some company doing it.
    I don’t want to be mean and then I kind of do. I am worn out by the endless demands of children who are quite capable of doing things for themselves. The very idea of not doing them perfectly, shuts them down. They will wait for a magic wand to make things easier or just avoid them entirely.
    They eat constantly and not out of hunger, they have never gone without a meal and do not know true hunger. They have never been truly cold and had to figure things out for themselves.
    So, while they are sleeping, I lighten the load and write about here. I quietly get rid of the pots that are not used. I will turn them into art. The board games, get sold. They are not played with and they become dust collectors. The books, donated. They are heavy and no one reads them.
    I am not sure If I did this exercise correctly. I am sure that I am certainly grateful!

    • A great reflection and emotional purge…i am glad for your children that they have you mirroring to them a life of knowing and doing another way. I’m reminded of my aunt when I was young would have “No TV week ” and literally remove the tvs or covered them with blankets. I was envious because it made them bond as a family, they played bored games and went for ice cream or walks. Keep being you 🙂

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