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Living in remote areas

  • 03-11-2022 9:16pm
    Registered Users Posts: 156 ✭✭ easyredrider

    Do you think people can live alone in remote areas and maintain their sanity? I'm talking about remote areas of Alaska and Australia where there aren't any people for hundreds of miles.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,588 ✭✭✭ Jim_Hodge

    Of course they can. It just requires a particular personality type.

  • Registered Users Posts: 280 ✭✭ BK5

    There is a regular poster on boards who lives a fairly remote life on one the islands as far as I know. Maybe she will see your thread and comment.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,588 ✭✭✭ Jim_Hodge

    I don't think it's in any way similar. Regular groceries and fuel delivered to the door, mains electricity, postal service, internet and mobile phone service and neighbours walking distance down the road. To live a truly isolated existence takes much more effort and a strong mental fortitude.

    Whether somebody living, as in the OP, for years would be sane probably depends on the definition of sanity. At the very least they may become distinctly odd from zero social interaction.

  • Registered Users Posts: 156 ✭✭ easyredrider

    I spent a year in British Columbia in 2019. There are many deserted islands with plenty of trees and wild life to live a very remote existence. Some areas of northern British Columbia have a population density of less than 0.5 per km2.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,892 ✭✭✭ Furze99


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  • Registered Users Posts: 32,012 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    I am totally alone, apart from my cats. Supplies come in at my gate every two weeks but I see no one week in week out and am housebound. There is no interchange or conversation. As that would destroy solitude.

    Everyone however solitary has to eat so all are in some kind of communication with others. Unless they can hunt etc.

    And in younger days I was more able...

    I selected this island carefully as I sought intense solitude; there has to be safety.... The others were indeed far too cosy and populated. Last time I saw anyone face to face? Literally weeks... .and weeks... and weeks.... One phone contact, email variable but not for social interaction ever. And that is what defines solitude...

    However solitary you are you have to eat etc and in Ireland offshore islands are very well cared for. Especially near octagenarians.. As we should be. The time is past when island folk died with treatable illnesses and lack of transport. eg the Inishkeas and Blasket. And they were not solitaries.

    . I have lived very deep rural and on islands here and in the UK for nearly 40 years. It is not something to be undertaken lightly and is not for everyone. If is it is not right then yes it would deeply affect mental health. My own solitude is intense. And if it is the right place for you then you will stay saner than many others - and than you would be in a village setting. I am five fields away from the nearest folk and they deeply respect my chosen way of life. .. Not been offisland or away from my home or seen anyone here for literally years. Email is actually a great boon for true solitaries. No real contact that would disrupt solitude.

    It is a totally different mindset and fulfilment and words like fortitude are totally mistaken and inappropriate. We sood olitaries would not survive outside our deep isolation. It is our home as hermits have known thoughout the ages, and it is the mindset that leads us apart. And blesses and protects us. However primitive it may seem ...

    And having access to services does not mean using them. The very minimum needed for survival and health

    We live solitude as our chosen lifeblood.

    Island Anchorhold..

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,012 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7

    Island Anchorhold..

  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭ guyfo

    *checks if people live in remote areas mentioned by OP...

    Yup... they do, thread can be closed now👍

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,012 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7

    A very revealing post and completely off the mark and erroneous... Deep solitude does involve fortitude however it is lived...BUT

    for someone of that mindset the opposite is true. Fortitude for a solitary would be to be forced to live among others. I could not do it. Solitude when right is a blessing... May look else to the observer..I have not been in the same room as another person for... years... and very limited use of internet etc. Not offisland.

    And of course everyone has to eat etc. But social interaction? No. None. By choice and vocation.

    I have lived far greater and more intense solitude than I do now in younger days and chose this island very carefully, as it is the nearest fulfilment i can achieve and a far cry from my past life here and in the UK. And walking five fields is totally beyond me! May as well be a hundred miles . And this is respected. We are so few out here now and I have no social ineraction and yes need to have great fortitude. Deep isolation does not mean anything else...

    But all so little understood of course as is seen here..

    It is a mindset. Pure and simple... lived out as we can. I rejected most islands as they are busy places! Came out here as I can live my isolation fully here. As I do. Within safety. THAT is what confuses ... Thinking that there is no safety or sense in a solitary life in a remote place... We who live this life are rare. The dedication is, " I could live no other life. "

    A fascinating topic. Thank you .

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    Island Anchorhold..

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,003 ✭✭✭✭ ELM327

    I would love to. I see documentaries about Alaska, about Australia etc where folks live in true solitude. Australian one recently the house was a farm that was 100km to the next house. Bliss.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 32,012 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7

    Many in cities live in factually greater actual isolation.

    Island Anchorhold..

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,003 ✭✭✭✭ ELM327

    Oh for sure. We're out rural in wexford now with cattle and fields for neighbors. However we know the people living "across the road" and the next house down etc. They came over and introduced themselves!

    When I lived in towns or that you don't know anyone.

    I'm definitely a fan of living out in the middle of nowhere. With WFH and internet discussion being so prevalent there's literally no blocker anymore. I'm working on going off grid too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,012 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7

    Exaclty! Modern inventions facilitite chosen isolation - and ease non chosen. Off grid! Great... There was a TV series on that.. Were I younger and in good health. We all sometimes have to compromise. And for me it is the sheer peace and separation. NB I Lived off grid my first while out here. wonderful, but it involved far more interaction than was right for my mindset and other non-material needs. I keep looking at Inishkea and Inishglora... wishing you all power in your plans.... .... I use the phone maybe twice a week as email is far more less interaction than the phone. Compromise is a sad fact of life... All good luck....

    Island Anchorhold..

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,012 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7

    Wonderful thread as always good to think and define. When you gt the chance to follow your heart...

    There are youtubes on a lady called Agafya Lykova that will have you riveted! and again as we do in these times there is always the safety and rapprochement. Her story helped me hugely when I knew I had to live less apart for safety and consideration. Or rather live apart in a different way which is more possible in Ireland than in the overpopulated UK, and this island has a population barely into double figures now so solitude and separation work.. Thank you for reminding me!

    It was a hard time for me but vital as for her. The body cannot always follow the heart.

    Island Anchorhold..

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    Perhaps a cultural compromise? You could first try living in a rural area. Rent a small house or cabin for a year? Ever heard of the Lost Coast on the North Pacific shore of California where there are the very tall redwood forests? You can shop for cheap rents, walk or ride to groceries on bicycle or horse, and frequent hikes into uninhabited, wild forests.

    There are several Pacific beaches with few if any people about, and the wetsuit vest surfing and kayaking are great. Of course, the Lost Coast has poor employment opportunities, unless you are qualified and lucky to get a job with Cal Poly Humboldt University, a school that’s heavily focused on environmental science and engineering, including oceanography.

    Then again, you could try distance online employment connecting by satellite (or through small rural town internet) if you have the requisite skills?

    Just a thought.