Why are Preppers pictured as somewhat on the verge of lunacy? Take this article for instance, http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/21/us-usa-civilization-collapse-idUSTRE80K0LA20120121. The people in this article are colored as scared, and somewhat delusional. I know that some of this is as much the fault of a certain type of prepper as it is uninformed and somewhat narrow-minded people. We all have heard of or read the blogs of those who live for the most horrific disaster imaginable. These guys have the right to feel this way and I say have at it. But it does seem to cause those of us who don’t have this mindset to be painted with the same brush so to speak. Then we have the majority of people who live in denial and think that their lives will go on just the same way for the rest of their lives. They think, I’m sure, “who are you to dare to suggest anything different”!
I’ll tell you a little about my journey towards preparedness. I can remember for years hearing that our country is in financial peril, but I really don’t have the financial acumen to understand all of the ins and outs of the reasoning for these statements. I do know that if I ran my financial life the way the government runs our finances, I would be in jail by now. That, I realize, is a simplistic comparison. Anyway, this was my first tiny nudge, but I really didn’t do anything until I moved to the Gulf Coast and started prepping for hurricanes. But when most people were storing a day or two of food and water, I began to add more and more to the pantry until I had enough to fill the back of our SUV with food. So along comes IKE and wipes us out. 52″ of water ruined the house and all we had in it. But we had plenty of food and ways to prepare it, so that was great! Then a month after IKE, we were in the beginning steps of putting our lives back together, and the bottom dropped out of the economy. Then my husband was informed that his company would be closing in two months. That was a low blow after all we had already dealt with. Luckily the company was able to pull things together and stay open. But we lived through a few months of not knowing. This is when I realized that no matter how stable your life seems, there is always a chance for things to go wrong. This is also when I started listening to The Survival Podcast.
We moved into our new house and lived for two years before more life changes happened. I won’t go into the details, but at this time I realized that my marriage of 25 years was irreparably damaged and was at an end. This was never my plan. I had the dream of being the wife and mom and had lived this life since my children were born. Well, needless to say, this plan was blown to smithereens! So, due to my prepping, which my family just laughs about, I was able to pull together an enormous amount of food to send with my husband for his new apartment. It took a large bite out of my preps, but I felt a lot of it was his too. Anyway, with so much turmoil at this time, my prepping took a back seat for a few months, but after I settled down some, I started back and really was able to get some things that I couldn’t earlier, due to budget allowances. My life is very different now and I’m unsure what it will look like down the road, but I know I can make it!
So, all of this is to say that I don’t think that I am crazy, or a conspiracy theorist. Just a woman who knows that life deals us all some blows at times and I want to cover some of the bases to help ease the sting. (I think I hit all the clichés there). I hope this resonates with some of you and shows you that prepping is just a bit of insurance and the path to a small measure of peace of mind, not some morbid waiting for the end of the world.
A Proud Daughter of Texas