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Living on Land – is this what we need right now?

This post is a hypothetical exploration of an ‘alternative’ way of living.

It was a vision I had a long time ago, back when I didn’t know anyone living in a van. It faded and became dormant, until recently, during a time when this way of living is probably more relevant than ever.

And in these times, it seems, more and more people are seeking out alternative ways of living. Where the model of living we thought we could always rely on starts to… let’s say… show signs of unreliability?

So let me welcome you into a glimpse of a vision…

What would it be like to live on some land?

We’ll have our vans

Our private spaces, bedrooms and offices

We could make it all nice

The first job?

Install internet!

And generate our own power

Because synths don’t power themselves 

Winter comes but the music still plays

We’ll survive

The fire still burns

Dancers still dance 

Christmas should not be any more complicated than this

Springtime is seedtime

We’ll watch it grow

And come alive

Sofas outside 

Pizza outside

Space to create what you want

A video studio

Or a fire-bath under the stars

Fire gigs

With real people

Inspiration and creativity grows

Everything grows

Muscles also

Playing

Laughing

And eating your favourite colours

This is the prescription

To create ceremony 

And sacrifice a little convenience 

For that deeper understanding of living

Learning from the visitors 

From each other

Always work to do

But we have the machines

And…the… trampolines?

By the way, I’m not saying this is a perfect kind of utopian way of living, or one neat solution to anything. But living close to nature, with nature, in a small community of good people, growing food, being self sufficient with power, waste, recycling and all of the above. There’s something to it.

Maybe it addresses certain things that mainstream society (hmm let’s call it that?) doesn’t, or cannot, provide. It’s clear, some of the fundamental foundations of what makes a fully actualised human are stripped away and sold back to us, using products to (temporarily) fill the gaps. It doesn’t really work, long term, and the symptoms are all around us.

For many people, there’s a need for genuine spiritual nourishment (and sanity) that can sometimes/often only be found on the fringes, around the edges. That’s where I’ve always found the best things. That’s where I feel reality is. It would be easier if it wasn’t like this, but that’s where I feel most alive.

What about you? Share in the comments below…

Also see this post: VIDEO: Can I leave the UK? How to escape the island by campervan

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