I’m not a scare tactic Prepper. I don’t foresee the inevitable world’s end of one type or another and pat myself on the back because I’m ready for it. My Armageddon came 10 years ago & I wasn’t ready for it.
My family is full of both military & police officers; so I grew up with a certain level of preparedness mentality in the home. My dad in particular had seen so much of what could & did happen to hurt people in the world and tried to train us for the day when he wouldn’t be there to protect us. In today’s world there is plenty to be afraid of- and that’s what the majority of “Doomsday” type Preppers prey on; our fears. However, I am not here to say that this disaster or that is going to wipe out the world and that we had better be prepared. I am here to share my journey- because my Armageddon- what felt like the end of my world, started about 10 years ago when I was severely injured, activated my auto-immune disorder, and hit the recession of ’08/’09 simultaneously- all while graduating college with a 50K debt to follow me around in my misery. It was a disaster & it did wreck my life just as surely as a flood, or war, or other disaster would.
My husband and I had both been extremely successful in our working careers, we had some food storage put away, we had 72-hour kits, but we were NOT prepared for what hit us- & for how long it would take us to recover emotionally & physically so that we could get back to a point where we could fight the battle that we had been thrown into. No matter how much your prepare, no matter how many life skills you have, life CAN knock you down. What matters is how long you stay down before you decide to get back up and start fighting again.
I don’t discredit being prepared for natural disasters or foreseeable problems. Ready.gov exists because our government acknowledges that such things can & do happen to us as easily as they happen to people in other countries. If each family was prepared with the minimum recommended there would be far less for the government to have to come in and fix- far less for our tax dollars to cover & we would have peace of mind & one less thing to do in knowing that we don’t have to rush to the store in front of a storm or panic in the middle of a disaster. That’s what planning and preparation is for. What I speak of however, is the “everyday Armageddon” © that so many of us are already entrenched in and how a preparedness mentality can help us to combat it.
Much like the challenges that my husband and I have faced, I think the bigger disaster that more American’s run the gauntlet with on a daily basis are the things that are crashing down on us all the time that we just aren’t prepared for. Sometimes, it’s illness or injury. Others are struck with debt and job loss, family separations, or various other scenerios. In recent reports, I’ve heard that more families will declare bankruptcy this year than get a divorce- & the divorce rate in in the 50% range! That’s a TON of families in over their heads financially and an economic disaster of massive proportions on the rise if we don’t stop the spending mentality!!!
An attitude of preparedness looks at more than just the moment. It says, “If this happens, then I will (fill in the blank).” And, that’s what has saved us. We’ve learned to problem solve and, little by little, get ahead again. In the process of thinking ahead, it helps you to begin to organize your life so that you are more prepared when you do face problems. Instead of living in fear that you work in an unsecured industry, you can learn to look ahead and say,
“If I loose my job, then we have 3-6 months of basic food supplies in the pantry and liquid assets to fall back on.” (Preferably 6-12 months, but start wherever you can!) “If I get sick or injured, and can’t continue in my current line of work, then I can apply my skills in XXX way.”
The same mentality filters down to smaller things in your life. When you have a pantry full of basics, including things like powdered milk & powdered eggs, you can say things like,
“If I’m in the middle of cooking dinner and realize that I’m out of eggs/milk, then I’ll use my powdered eggs/milk for back-up so I don’t have to drop everything & run back to the store.”
MUCH LESS STRESS- & a true story! I’ve literally been there, done that & it’s been a total life saver on many occasions- especially when I’m expecting company!!! Also, using and rotating your food storage lets you know if you’re storing the right things. If it’s not something that you’ll use in a momentary “I forgot XYZ at the store.” mini-crisis, would you really be happy about having to use it in a major emergency if you ever had to face one?
My focus on preparedness is that it should relieve us of stress everyday- not just during massive, world changing disasters. I am in favor of 72-hour kits that we keep in the car and use on a regular basis. I love the ‘Back to the Basics’ movement that we see among Homesteaders, Tiny Living groups, Mormon/LDS Preparedness Folks, Sustainable Living Enthusiasts, Minimalists, Preppers, and so many others, who- at their core embrace the family, live simply and focus on the future.
I think that the big problems aren’t coming- they’re already here. We live with them & struggle with them everyday. It’s time to look towards the future and work a little bit each day towards solving them. There’s no better way to be prepared if something bigger than we already face does come.
Happy Peaceful Prepping, Homesteading, Minimizing, and Sustainably Living!
There are plenty of reasons why people enter into a mentality of preparedness for the unseen, but fear seems to top the list. It’s easy for any of us to look at the 3rd generation welfare nation that we are raising along with the nearly 50% of families that will file for bankruptcy this year and see that our economy cannot sustain that kind of collapse within the system and corresponding rise in inflation. America suffers natural disasters, shootings, some terrorist attacks and bombings, run away drug problems in the opiate sector, not enough jobs in some industries and not enough trained applicants in others. We’ve seen economic crisis’ in recent years that have strained us tremendously, and we have the potential for much more. But I think that the real Armageddon- the one that touches more people are the smaller things- job loss, economic crisis, increasing mental illness, increasing autoimmune disorders & skyrocketing allergies- many think are linked to the amount of preservatives in our foods. In that same line we have runaway diabetes and an increasing number of children with autism.
The technology that enables us to do so much also contributes to depression & pain from fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, health problems from inactivity, and a number of other conditions.