Yeah, I seem to be stuck in pun mode these days. Just couldn’t resist.
A lot of people think I’m a prepper. Am I? I write about it – not just in my books, but here too. Remember that post on what we do around here in case SHTF? I’ll get back to that next week, but in the meantime, what happens when you and your spouse are in different places on the spectrum?
Honestly, I still waver between the need to prep, and disbelief that it could ever come to that. Sometimes. In reality, I know we need to be ready. Then there’s the part of me that is almost paralyzed by the thought. You know how it is, you know there’s something you need to do but the thought of actually doing it is so overwhelming that you just can’t get started. Yeah, that.
I’ve met a lot of folks online that, to hear them tell it, this is all they do – work on self-sufficiency and pass along news and tips, give advice and guidance. I wonder if they have jobs. Seems like they’d have to, in order to afford a lot of the things they’re using. Yes, I know a lot of people, er, reuse and recycle stuff. But prepping is a lot of work, and becoming self-sufficient is too.
You probably need more time than money. We don’t have either, which is why it’s hard to do the job right. But it has to be done.
My biggest stumbling block (related to three paragraphs up) is the fact that we still need to live in the here and now: we have 2-3 businesses, depending on how you classify those, and we have a son at home who still has needs, school, activities, etc. We have a house that needs upkeep, taxes to pay, yard to mow, etc., etc.
So, if SHTF, all of those things become meaningless. But for now, they’re important.
Back to the post title: my husband is even more lackadaisical than I am, regarding prepping. Sometimes I think he just smiles and nods, letting me go about whatever it is he thinks I’m doing. He sees the stacks of supplies, he’s totally on board with home defense, but the rest? I’m not sure. I did ask him to do a post for the blog here, so maybe you’ll hear from him next Monday.
My point is that it takes a family to prep – not just one or two. And for the record, our son thinks the whole idea is kinda cool!
It is important to prep; but not at the expense of enjoying life and everything it has to offer. Most preppers I know and myself included have rewarding full time jobs; and we prep as a hobby, and for practical reasons if a survival situation occurs 🙂
I agree. But I do see many who, for them, it’s a complete way of life.
I’m a firm believer in prepping Robin. You know the saying … Nothing is ever quite as bad as it seems as long as you’re prepared for it.
This is true – get ready, then forget about it!
I am so with you. I’m the same – should I, shouldn’t I? Meh… I’ll do some. (16 tins of soup currently…) My husband just humors me.
I like the idea of being prepared, but just the thought of having all that stuff sitting around feels like someone’s choking me. This summer is my time to give away, throw away and generally minimize. I’m a firm believer in the Bible and the Great Tribulation – my hope hangs on the Pre-Trib view. Beam me up, Jesus! I’m ready to fly!