It’s our things that unfortunately define our modern reality, and without them, most people would surely die in a matter of days spent in the wilderness. We were born from the natural world, evolved over millions of years and here we are… Relying on houses full of stuff we’ve hoarded in hopes that we might need it at some point in the future. If we go anywhere in the wilderness without proper planning and without the correct items then we may very well find ourself in some trouble. For without a knife or gun, we may not find food, at least not with how sparse native game has become in most areas around the country. Without a tent or power tools, many would struggle to weather a winter storm. The situations go on, but one thing is true, we rely on our material things to survive.
There for awhile, I went through a phase where I despised humanity for how addicted to our things we all seemed, but with some contemplation and further understanding in how we got to where we are today, from ape to human-of-year-2019, and without our things, we would not be here now, at least not in our evolved form. It is the plastic junk and unneeded crap that fills our markets and Christmas stockings that I have a problem with. But when it comes to surviving, and living a life worth living, it’s difficult to see a life where we forgo the tools and things. For as long as humans need external things that our bodies can’t create themselves, we will be tied to this sort of lifestyle. It is our approach that matters most, because without necessities, we would parish. But it is what we see as necessity that will define our impact on this planet.
Since I must get back to the sifting and sorting on the edge of madness, I will digress, as even though I could continue on this subject further toward radical idealism, my point is to keep your world within necessity and with as little negative impact on the natural world as we can, and we will continue to survive, with our things and without having to totally curb the modern luxuries we’ve all grown to love.
What’s been saving my butt has been the Olympia Tools’ 4 Wheels 2-In-1 Hand Truck/Dolly, which is essentially a long name for a versatile dolly that can easily transform into a flat bed hand truck. It can handle up to 700-lbs., so moving heavy boxes of books and appliances from one end of the house to the other is so much simpler with this beast of a dolly. The frame is all metal and the transition hardware is strongly built, yet a bit sensitive; it can transform with a bump in the wrong spot, so careful maneuvering is important when you’re in traditional standing dolly mode.
Hauling anything can be quite a chore, but when you add on a ton of weight or volume, then you’re asking for tough time and a sore back. I recently reached out to Olympia Tools to feature their quality gear for you all, as well as to assist in this future shift. When backpacking was my lifestyle, I kept my materialism in check, living out of my pack and nothing more, but now as I begin the shift into starting a family of my own, I seem to have lost how strict I kept my things. It used to be if it was imperative I kept it and if it wasn’t, I sent it home, sold it, recycled it, donated it, or in the end threw it away.
Anyway, this thing has saved my life today and will become even more valuable to me when the move begins… If you’ve ever moved around prolifically like myself, then you understand the difference this dolly makes.
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