photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
i honestly couldnt tell you why i watch the LIFE UNCONTAINED channel on YOUTUBE, but it has been a consistent ritual of mine watching their weekly uploads for the past year or so. and its funny, because i honestly dont remember how i came upon this channel, and i am certainly not a fan of cable television home design/decor/remodeling shows in the slightest or the OFF-GRID LIVING movement that has become fashionable with millennials (much like VAN LIFE) over the past decade seeking a debt-free existence.
that being said, i think what LIFE UNCONTAINED offers at its core is less about the nuts and bolts of building a home from scratch, and more about the art of LISTENING and SELF-REFLECTION. the channel follows a FLORIDA young married couple moving to TEXAS and building a home (and a family) on a plot of land with two shipping containers and what strikes me is not their gumption and RESOURCEFULNESS (which is impressive), but their ability to COMMUNICATE with each other through obstacles and (most importantly) LAUGH at themselves and their mistakes. i cannot stress how endearing it is that they feel that level of comfort with themselves (and by extension their audience) to put themselves out their like that when they mis-measure a wall panel installation or realize they need to reinstall a toilet for the up-teenth time.
there is so much out there in our culture at the moment that finds us nipping at each other and striking one another down. i just find it interesting that an online channel, albeit extremely well-edited, about SELF-RELIANCE and COMMUNITY feels so REFRESHING and even novel.
makes me think that there is potential in all of us to listen and learn a little bit more before judging one another. or at least laugh at our own shortfalls and misgivings beforehand. again, LIFE UNCONTAINED is an unexpected pleasure and i wish them nothing but the best as MACKENZIE and SPENCER continue to grow their family.