Today, I want to step back and take a look at prepping and how we as a society look at those who do prep. I will use myself as the example and how I used to think. As I have stated in other posts, I never put much thought into being prepared for a disaster. I felt as though I lived like most Americans, happy and care free. As long as I had some guns and ammo, I felt secure. I watched a few episodes of “Doomsday Preppers” and I can remember thinking to myself; “These people are stupid. “ I remember thinking that these people are just paranoid weirdoes who live in the woods and can’t hang in normal society. Bad things don’t happen in America silly.
Over time, I started to pay more attention to the news and what’s happening in the world. If you get your news from alternative media, there is a lot of information that is history based. History fascinates me because it really happened. I’m not trying to say I’m a well versed man when it comes to history. I just admire the truth aspect of it. My point is, if you look back in history, there are some catastrophic events that took place even here in the US. Let’s look at resent events like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. No power, water, or gasoline for days and even weeks in some areas. Think about what that does to your access to food. Entire neighborhoods were wiped out. Now granted, if your house gets taken out, then your preps probably got wiped out too. If your house doesn’t get taken out, wouldn’t it be nice to have some extra supplies at your disposal?
It was this line of thinking that made me start to worry about my family. I have children to think about. What kind of a father would I be if I knew these events can and do occur, and I did nothing to prepare for it? My wife is much smarter than I, so it didn’t take much convincing to get her on board with the concept of “prepping”. Once we got started, we found the challenge to be fun and enjoyable. Shopping for bargains and watching useful “how to” videos, became our new hobby. You will scare yourself with some of the scenarios you come up with in your head sometimes. Having a good partner to keep each other grounded helps tremendously though. We cannot afford to build a concrete fortress in the middle of the Ozarks (look up Pensmore), but we make do and the way we figure it, being even a little prepared is better than not being prepared at all.
The part of all this that bothers me the most is, we live in a society where being prepared gets frowned upon. Since when did having extra supplies and a plan get “uncool”? Could it be that we are probably the most unprepared society in the world? Have we had it so good for so long that you’re a weirdo if you think one day your routine could be disrupted? God has a way of snapping people out of a trance and I feel our snap is on the horizon! If you do nothing, than expect nothing in return! Don’t frown upon those who sense danger and prepare accordingly. For when something does happen, those who prepared and were good “boy scouts and girl scouts”, will be who you turn to for help, if they will be willing to provide it! A little insight for you, those who do prep, are not really into sharing ; )