Philosophy impacts many aspects of over every day life. From politics to religion and everything in between, and preparedness and survival are no exception.
Everyone has their own philosophy when it comes to preparedness and survival preparation. It serves as the purpose and motivation to get us moving and keep us moving. It encompasses our ideals and drives how we prepare, and where we place our focus. You may not be conscious that you have a philosophy regarding your preparations, but you can rest assured you do.
Some of the things that give us purpose and motivation in our philosophy are relatively simple. We’ve even shared these with you before. We see people who run into personal emergencies or tragedies every day, and when they are ill prepared to deal with it, it can have a major impact on them. Death, Fire, burglary, weather, the list goes on and on, and they are all good reasons to prep, and can be a starting point and the thing that gets you going.
My catalyst was 9/11 2001. Before then, I was simply ignorant when it came to the idea that something, anything, could happen that would impact me in such a way. I chalk it up to having a sense of invincibility due to my age and live experience. By noon on the 11th I was reeling through scenarios from the extraordinary like foreign invasion to the more localized and immediate like a house fire. To be honest, I was a mess. It was the best thing that could have happened to me, and it got me moving.
The uniqueness of 9/11, at least in my eyes, caused me to take other things into consideration as well. It caused us to become very cognizant of our surroundings and the political climate. We are aware that unemployment is currently upwards of 8% and has been over 12% nationally. We know that there is unrest in the middle east, and that there is dissension here at home. Global events could be quite tumultuous to say the least.
All of this gives us cause, but what do we do about it? How do we cope with it and address it all? It’s simple really, we take it one step at a time, and one day at a time.
This yet another aspect of our philosophy. We facilitate it by focusing on the smaller things and augmenting them as we progress. Not only is it overwhelming to try and be prepared for everything all at once, it’s far to overwhelming. Being prepared to weather a power outage from a storm that may last as little as a few minutes to a few weeks is much more benign and easy to prepare for. Once we’ve gotten prepared to weather a power outage, we can look at preparing for longer more impacting disruptions in our life. We extend our preps from 1 day to 1 week to 1 month and so on. I’m sure you get the idea.
It’s this same philosophy that tells us that we’re going to stay at home unless we’re forced to leave. Of course our situation impacts that decision. With that in mind we tend to focus our preparations that we can store at home, and will extend our capacity to endure at home. It’s this same portion of our philosophy that tells us to not put all of our eggs in one basket so we prepare to leave if necessary, while incorporating dual purpose preps that can be taken on the road. We’re well aware that if we do have to leave we’ll be limited in what we can take, and we’ve made the conscious decision to sacrifice some portability by planning to pack our every day preps instead of camping food. We’ll elaborate on some of this in a future article.
This continues with the evolution of our philosophy. It was with the idea of using the same types of preps for both staying and going in mind that we decided to being preparing by focusing on every day items. You’ve likely seen us say eat what you store and store what you eat in another article, and this is the best way we can see to bolster our preps.
And we continue. As we move from one aspect to the next we build the philosophy to meet our needs, and you will do the same. Everyone’s philosophy is going to be somewhat different, and it will continue to evolve over time. Yet another aspect of the philosophy. You’re always going to be tweaking it.
As you can see, we didn’t go into any specifics, that’ll come in future articles. We just wanted to give some insight into how your philosophy will guide you along your way towards being prepared for what life may throw at you. So, get out there, start building your own philosophy, and nourish it. Enjoy the trip, it’s an exciting journey.
“Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.”
~Edgar Allan Poe