Living Remotely in a Mountain Community


| 5/8/2014 10:04:00 AM


Tags: remote living, off the grid, Colorado, Bruce McElmurray,

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In the past I have written articles on what it physically takes to live remotely on a mountain. Topics such as getting our firewood, heating and maintaining a woodstove, coping with the snow seven months or more each year, being self-sufficient, and dealing with the weather, to mention a few. All the requirements of living a happy life, yet an equally demanding one, is attitude and emotional stability. This is one area that should seriously be addressed, because if there is any aspect of living remotely in a cabin in the mountains, it is how it is handled mentally.

Planned Mountain Community

While it is true that we live in a planned mountain community, there are unseen hazards that it is best to be prepared for. Our small community is no different than most other communities across the country. We have those who want to be entertained and have social activity, those who work endlessly in the community to make it a better place, those who oppose everything they do, bullies, misfits, and those who just like to cause trouble to try to make themselves appear important or attract attention at the expense of others. Most every community has a similar assortment of people of this nature.

With that being said, the reader needs to know how to live in a small community with a variety of people of different beliefs and attitudes and still maintain your happiness. Our choice is to remain mostly by ourselves and disassociate with those who like to prey on others or constantly cause trouble. We select our friends very carefully and tend to avoid those who regardless of their social or financial stature fall short in being good neighbors. By living remotely, you are somewhat self-isolated anyway, but with the work required to maintain our 11-acre homestead, I simply do not have time to go to the community center to play dominoes. All the psychological aspects of remote living are worthy of consideration before choosing this lifestyle.

Avoiding Negativity

There is a law of physics that states for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. That law is especially applicable when you live remotely in a small community. Difficult and obstinate people seem to turn up about everywhere and regardless of how far you go into the backcountry you will find traces of human activity that will leave you scratching your head in wonderment. Often their reckless decisions set in motion opposite reactions. As stated, we find the best thing to do is avoid those who bring negativity or trouble into our life. When you move to a remote area you will move to a new and very different lifestyle however it may have people who are difficult to associate with too. Regretfully troublesome people are a fact of life and it is best to be happy within yourself and not expect others to make you happy or contented.

Living remotely is a vastly different lifestyle change. Choose whom you wish to associate with carefully. Being forced into a relationship because of fewer people can be unhealthy unless it is a carefully thought out choice you make yourself. We have witnessed many people who attempt remote mountain living only to suffer disappointment when they realize choosing friends is no different from where they left. Choosing the wrong friends can jeopardize your happiness and well being. If your mental status or attitude is such that you can not find happiness within yourself it will not be found in a specific location. Moving to a remote location where you enjoy nature and your surroundings is a major move and serious consideration needs to be given to such a lifestyle change. For some it can be the end of the rainbow but for others it can be pure frustration and unrest.




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