Life in the Finnish Woods
In the morning I woke up and went to feed my animals; hay to the horses and sheep, some food for the cats and the dog. Then I lit up fire in the fireplace, and sat on the sofa drinking coffee. Everything felt cozy and easy. My simple life in the finnish woods is pretty much the way I always dreamed of. My goal is to slowly become self-sufficient to some degree, reducing the amount of money I need. To learn handicraft and survival skills, to do things of my own, renovate my house, recover from chronic depression, and to live in peace and harmony with nature.
I have studied philosophy at the University, and I'm a father to an adult son. When I finished my studies I knew that I don't want to pursue for an academic career. I was dreaming about living in a small house in the countryside, rearing animals and doing practical work. It was only that I was penniless and heavily depressed and didn't know how to make my dreams come true. That was fifteen years ago.
When I finally bought my house, back in the spring 2008, I was still equally penniless and depressed. I felt that no matter what I try to do in my life I'm doomed to fail. But I decided to try anyway. I did various odd jobs so that I could get a small loan from the bank. This house was sold to me with a remark "not in a livable condition", which made the price affordable for me. So I took the risk, as I couldn't know for sure if it would be possible to live in this house. In the first summer I checked that the fireplace is safe to use, I fixed a leaking spot in the roof and replaced a rotten part of the ceiling, bought an outdoor toilet, installed a waterhose from a well to the house, built a small sauna - and before the winter the house was in a barely livable condition. I finished the sauna before christmas, and felt that I'm going to survive. There was new hope. Nowadays I earn my living being an independent massage therapist.
So, this is my web diary, a blog about my life in the finnish woods. I hope my writings encourage you to believe in your own dreams, to follow your own path.
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