The Bare Necessities

Mowgli and Baloo from The Jungle Book

Mowgli and Baloo from The Jungle Book

Baloo the Bear from The Jungle Book is my inspiration for going off grid. Who doesn’t love Baloo?! The lyrics to his infamous song, The Bare Necessities written by Terry Gilkyson, are really self explanatory, but basically it means we have too much stuff! I walk around my 2600 square foot house filled with stuff (and I am an artist with a studio so I have LOTS of stuff!), and it stresses me out. I am an organized person so it is important that our entire house is organized and usable, and it’s time consuming to keep up with all of this stuff. And we don’t actually need any of it! I think about what we ACTUALLY use on a daily basis, our beds, the sofa to watch tv and the kitchen…and we love to hang out on the dock outside. The rest of it never gets touched. There are boxes in the shed or in storage in our closets that we haven’t opened since we moved here. All we really need is the bare necessities, Old Mother Nature’s recipes… 🙂

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature’s recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn’t be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin’ in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glance at the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few
The bare necessities of life will come to you
They’ll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That’s why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don’t pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don’t need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue?

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They’ll come to you!

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
‘Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You’re working too hard

And don’t spend your time lookin’ around
For something you want that can’t be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin’ about it
I’ll tell you something true
The bare necessities of life will come to you

…they’ll come to you! 🙂

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