We all like to think we are straight shooters. We are pretty honest with ourselves and with others. However, being humans, we all have the ability to put our heads in the sand. We don't want to see when something bad is going to happen. We don't want to recognize the signs that trouble is on the way. We don't always want to take precautions to prevent problems.
Why is this? Because the biggest lie we tell ourselves:
That will never happen to me (us).
Most of us say this at one time or another. I know I have. We then find out we were wrong. Bad things will happen to us. That is just a universal truth. It doesn't matter if you are a prepper or not. It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor. Bad things will happen, but how you handle it will be your doing.
For preppers, we like to think we know what is going to happen to us. We know what natural disasters could hit us, what catastrophic events could happen, and what everyday life events could rearrange our lives. We like to think we are prepared for anything.
However, we can get arrogant. We think we have it all planned out. "That will never happen here or happen to us" is a phrase that gets thrown out to prove how much we know and what we expect will happen. However, when I see what some preppers are prepping for, I cringe.
Here are some of the things I don't always see preppers think about:
- Are you ready to see what happens when you lose your job or income resources?
- Are you ready to lose your home through fire, natural disaster, or foreclosure?
- Are you ready to bug out somewhere else besides your home or one and only bug out shelter?
- Are you ready to be handicapped due to an accident?
- Are you ready to stranded in your vehicle or another location away from home for several days?
- Are you ready to deal with limited supplies if trucks can't deliver goods or there is a gas shortage?
- Are you ready to deal with having your supply and other things stolen?
- Are you able to defend your home and family without a gun and ammo?
- Are you able to live without running water for several days or deal with a tainted supply?
- Are you ready to relocate yourself and your family quickly when a situation does happen?
We like to think we have planned for all of these things, but that is pure arrogance. Life throws curve balls. I know I don't have all the things addressed and they are things I really need to address. We might have things standing our way to get these things addressed. Money is a factor. Time is a factor. Life is a factor. These things need to be addressed. By saying "That will never happen to me", we are saying we don't want to think about or address these things. We are being ignorant and foolish.
For non-preppers, all those questions pertain to you too. I know by talking to some of you that you have all the confidence in the world that nothing bad will happen to you. You almost act surprised and offended by even suggesting such a thing.
However, you need the biggest wake-up call. I understand wanting to be optimistic and wanting the world to be a happy place. I also want those things and would even call myself an optimist. I am also a realist who understands I have no control over some of these bad things happening. You really need to be too.
Do you want to know why you need to realize that these things can happen to you? Because:
- You are the ones on television wondering why FEMA isn't there with supplies yet.
- You are the ones wondering how you will support your family after you lost a job that you never thought you would lose.
- You are the ones who will be relying on the kindness of others to help you after you lost your home.
- You are the ones who will be on government assistance because you cannot support yourselves anymore due to an accident.
- You will be the ones who are helpless when your home is invaded and robbed because you have no means to defend yourselves.
- You will be the ones with no place to go when you are forcibly evacuated from your home.
- You will be the ones who will starve or die of thirst because you had no food or water set aside for crisis situations.
Do you think I am kidding? I am not, but I really hope you are never in those positions. I hope you start to believe that bad things can happen to you and you need to be prepared. Even FEMA recommends at least a week if not three weeks of emergency water, food, and supplies.
Do not lie to yourselves. As preppers and non-preppers, we can be too arrogant to realize that bad things can happen to us. We can always be better prepared.
And non-preppers? You are not too late to the party. Start prepping!
Thanks for reading,