Today I want to ask what you think of when you hear the title “Prepper”.
Do you question if that person is crazy or even paranoid?
If the media if feeding you these ideas then yes, sometimes Preppers can seem that way. But take a moment and think back to the most recent natural disaster in your area. Or better yet, how about to the spring of 2020?
If you noticed just about everyone buying out grocery stores and stocking up on useless items (Seriously! Who needs all that toilet paper??), then you most likely saw more paranoia than normal.
I would suggest to you that there weren’t very many Preppers among the crowds. If you did see a few, they were grabbing anything extra they needed while the majority of their supply was already waiting for them back home.
When the pandemic hit, I happened to be living in Euless, Texas. I had to bug-in and work from home for two weeks, but the “crazy” thing was, I was prepared.
I had survival foods in stock and water filters ready to be used.
Now, I did have to make a trip to the grocery store for fresh fruits and vegetables because unfortunately, I haven’t been able to create the garden I would like to have yet, but if the stores had been emptied out completely, I still would have been fine for a time.
What About You?
Where did you find yourself at the beginning of the pandemic? Were you with the crowds wondering why you weren’t ready? Wondering why you haven’t thought about stocking up on different items you use regularly? Wondering how long this would last and if the supplies you just bought would make it?
Now friend, I’m not trying to call you out or make you feel guilty. I genuinely want you to process these thoughts.
These help you determine if you would rather be prepared or a part of the paranoid crowd.
Preparedness ≠ Paranoid
I hope you see now that Preppers are not paranoid (although there are a few out there who really are) but some of us start out that way.
I know I did. I was scared.
Fear tends to be a part of the reason we make changes in our lives, but you don’t have to remain fearful.
After a while and some time to learn, I transitioned into the mindset I have now of being prepared for whatever happens.
There are still subjects on my list I have yet to dive more into like gardening, canning, and water collecting; but I am able to survive with confidence for a time with what I know and have ready now.
And you can too!
You can get to a place where you’re comfortable knowing you don’t have to rush out with everyone else in a frenzy and fight over the last can because your cabinets are full.
You can be mentally and physically prepared.
It may take some time but you don’t have to take as long as I did to get to that place.
This blog will soon be full of tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way and I cannot wait to share them with you! For now, if you’re not sure where to start, go ahead and answer the questions in my first blog.
Until next time, happy prepping!