5 Stages of PreppingDecember 30, 2013 by Melanie Swick | 1 Comment
The idea of prepping is far from mainstream today despite plenty of evidence showing the importance of self-reliance. The average person believes it’s paranoid to prepare for the worst, yet they spend thousands of dollars each year on life, health, vehicle, and property insurance. Ironic, huh?
They forget that most of our grandparents (depending on your age) grew vegetable gardens, stored food, and knew how to live off the land, and that’s exactly what got them through the great depression. They only picture a world where they can zip to Taco Bell after an all night Xbox marathon, and the idea that the government won’t save the day after a natural disaster seems unfathomable in a world dotted by Walmarts, Starbucks, and McDonalds at every turn.
But an increasing number of people are starting to realize things just aren’t right.
Our economy is floating on hopes and unicorn farts. The Federal Reserve is printing money by the truck load, devaluing our currency at record speed. True unemployment is through the roof. The lucky few who still have jobs have had their hours and/or pay cut. Survivors of natural disasters are routinely left to fend for themselves. Our system is broken and most people don’t even realize it. The worst part is that unlike in the past, the majority of Americans aren’t even remotely prepared to deal with what’s coming.
Each person who comes to this realization does so a different pace, but follows a similar path.
Most people mistakenly think the problems they’ve seen around the world couldn’t possibly happen here. They believe that America is some magical utopia where nothing can go wrong. They ignore that the government agencies tasked with responding to natural disasters often take days, weeks, or even longer to show up. They fail to understand the impact currency manipulation on our economy. They buy into the notion that our unemployment rate is just the normal ebbs and flows of the free market. They are like two guys on the Titanic arguing over a bar tab as the ship is sinking, pretending everything is just fine.
When someone first begins to see what many of us have known for years, their initial reaction is fear. They fear the uncertainty, they fear losing their cushy lifestyle, and they fear being labeled as “paranoid” by those who are still aren’t ready to accept reality. This fear usually causes them to first double-down on their current lifestyle, working longer hours, letting their health decline, and wasting money on bigger cars, homes, and other status symbols. They pour their hard-earned money into a stock market that’s all but certain to collapse as the inflation created by our government erodes the value of their savings.
Eventually they realize wallowing in fear accomplishes nothing, and continuing to live the same lifestyle puts them in an increasingly precarious position, then the fear turns to anger. They watch those they elected to lead our nation routinely piss on the Constitution they promised to uphold, sell out America’s best interest for their own fortune, and saddle their children and grandchildren with unfathomable debt. They see the American dream they’ve spent their lives chasing slowly circle the drain, and they’re pissed.
After stewing in anger for a while, preparation finally begins. Many rush into it, buying the latest gear, loads of food, and a small arsenal of weapons and ammunition. They spend their free time on forums, Facebook groups, and podcasts trying to learn everything they can about survival and self-reliance. The problem is that they rarely if ever put into practice the skills they’ve learned. They may “know” seven ways to start a fire, but until they’ve done it in the field, cold, wet, and shivering, they don’t really know.
At some point they’ll get tired of tripping over MRE boxes and accept the fact that they haven’t really changed their lifestyle by simply buying a bunch of supplies and equipment. This is where it all begins to gel. They’ll start eating healthier, growing their own food and perhaps even raising livestock. They’ll get in better shape and begin practicing field craft, and when they get really serious, they’ll begin training regularly with their weapons. They will focus all aspects of their life around becoming more self-reliant, to include health, sustainability, and self-defense.