Salutations. I am quite new to these forums and for quite some time I have been doing some thinking, dreaming, and planning. Right now, I am a freshmen in high school and I have always had the dream of living away from society. The ill-thoughts of the elite class and the way our minds and bodies are being manipulated being these mostly corrupted individuals is tiring me. Ever since I can recall, I have had the dreams of living off the lands in a Jack London-like manor. Sure over time I have sculpted my dreams to be much more reasonable and livable but I have always lacked a few things. First off is the ability to experience what it really is like to be outdoors and having the skills to survive out in the wilderness. With the area I have grown up in, I am a good hour drive from any type of forests. Even to such as myself, I find it depressing and twisted that a good majority of urban and suburban children do not have the rights to be outside past the curb on a street. So I guess the question here is; where would I go to learn these much need skills? And what would I do? Second off, I have always lacked the adult figure in my life who could give me inspiration when I am being pushed towards another future of being imprisoned within city walls. The pure thought of spending another seventy years this way makes me feel empty deep within. I have always looked towards books such as Call of the Wild and Into the Wild as inspiration when being pushed but they seemed so limited in what they can give. So I guess what I am asking for here is a pat on the back and someone who I can ask questions to when I have them. Finally, I have no idea where to begin when it comes to preparing for this. I try my best to eat well (following a Paleo diet right now) and I am trying to exercise but the lack of warm weather and time has set that off a good bit. As of now I have been working on the very basic foundation of this deciding on where to live and an estimate of costs. I have decided upon living in the western states, focusing on either Colorado or Oregon. It has also been burdensome trying to find time to plan all this as school still plays the major role in my life. Thank you for taking the time to read this and/or answering my questions. I look forward to putting out my voice on the forums. Thank you once again and have a great day.