I’m a rugged individualist. I like to take care of myself, and not have to depend on anyone else to meet my needs.
I think many other homesteaders will agree when I say that radical individualism is what drew me to homesteading and self-sufficiency in the first place. The idea that I could provide myself with not only everything I need, but hand-crafted, high quality versions of everything I need, was kinda mind-blowing when I first started out.
I’m nowhere near full blown self-sufficiency, but I have tasted the special satisfaction of eating food you grew yourself, or washing your body with handmade, chemical-free soap. Being young and inexperienced, I just assumed that part of the territory was “going alone.”
Your home versus the world. If the goal is self-sufficiency, why would you want to rely on others?
Thus, I was operating as my own little island stead, cut off from others, forging my way solo. Until one day, when another blogger challenged me to think about the important role community plays in homesteading.