Reality Check – Real Life Problems Paid Me A Visit – Self Reliant Lifestyle

Hypothesising and philosophising is great when life gives you a moment to yourself to reflect. But then life, especially if you live a self reliant lifestyle, rings the alarm and wakes you up, reminding you about the here and now. Then it ladles lots of urgent issues on your plate and somehow you have to deal with them.
Self reliance is more than just a lifestyle choice, it also means adopting a completely different mindset. In the modern urban world, virtually every convenience and service are but a phone call (and a hefty bill) away. Imagine if you didn’t have access to them, How do you think that you, personally, would cope with a wide range of situations?
Over the years I’ve had to adapt to what life has thrown at me. Many situations I had no previous experience with or knowledge of how to deal with them, especially those of a technical sort. Life still throws problems to be dealt with – and sometimes now I even have the equipment at hand. Although not all the time.
When people talk about life post SHTF, there are many little every day issues which I’m sure they’ve overlooked. The same can be said for self reliant living. But you either live and learn, or choose a different lifestyle (something we won’t be able to do post SHTF). Just remember – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Filmed on location in East Slovakia with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens, an Olympus Pen and a Xiaomi Note 8 Pro.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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