Reality Check: Post SHTF Life will be harder than you think!

Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, we are going to look at what life in a post SHTF world would look like.  I have met many people who fantasize about how great it will be because they believe they have prepared so well, that they will make it through with no trouble.  I’m afraid that they are fooling themselves because life after SHTF will be unimaginably hard no matter how much you have prepared.  Grab a cup of coffee and sit back while I explain what I mean.

I was watching a show called “Live Free or Die” on the National Geographic channel the other night and it got me to thinking about just how hard it will be in a post SHTF world. Now I know many of us have spent years preparing and learning skills that will help us survive when the time comes.  The trouble is however that without knowing exactly what will cause the SHTF situation; there is no way to completely prepare for what is coming.  And therein lies the problem.

Will there be electricity available and no money, or will it all go away at once like with an EMP? It could also be a plague or civil unrest as well and just how will that affect the people and food supplies?  There is simply no way to fully prepare for all possibilities unless you are a genius and have an unlimited supply of money and a large enough place to store it all. I know I don’t have this capability and I am sure that most people don’t.  The truth is that we can only prepare the best we can and allowing ourselves to believe that it will be easy because we are fully prepared is foolhardy.  When SHTF hits, regardless of the cause, there will be things that we will need and not have at the time.  Things like medication for an unexpected type of illness or a member of your group becoming injured by an accident.  These are things that you need to consider when you start thinking that you are as well prepared as can be.  The hard truth is that you will never be fully prepared to deal with what is coming.

Yes, there will be hard times and even unexpected disasters, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your best to be prepared for them. Many folks talk about rationing food, but have never had to do it and don’t realize just how hard it is.  To be so hungry and know that you cannot eat enough to fill your belly can be maddening at times.  Hunger makes people do things that they would not normally do, so if you are thinking that it is just as simple as eating less, then think again.  Just think about a medical procedure you may have had where they had you fast for 24 hours and multiply that by many days….  You need enough food for several years and seeds for several years.  If your crop fails the first year or the second, you need a stockpile to help you make it till you can replenish both.  Crops do fail and you need to be prepared for it or you will have a very hungry existence.  People do get sick from unexpected diseases and you need to be prepared for that as well.  Despite what you may think, it will not be a fun ride and you need to be prepared mentally for it as well.  If you don’t, then when times get really bad, you will simply go crazy trying to figure out where you went wrong.

While the people in the show “Live Free or Die” are not Preppers, they are primarily survivalist and some of the challenges they face will be the same ones you and I will face when the time comes. Their resourcefulness and positive attitude despite the challenges they face are inspiring.  They are a good example of the attitude that each of us will need to survive the coming darkness regardless of how well prepared we are.  Challenges and life and death decisions will become a part of normal life and how we face them will be every bit as important as our preps when the time comes.  I guess what I am trying to say here is that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to ever think that we are completely prepared, or that life will be any easier after SHTF hits because the cold truth is that it will be hell.  Well that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed our little chat and will come back soon.  Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared my friend!

-The Sargent-

Link to : Live Free or Die

The Sgt.

Prepper, Patriot, and Proud U.S. ARMY Veteran.

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1 Response

  1. yooper says:

    Another good post sargent. I don`t think i ever watched Live Free or Die, but I`ve seen Fat Guys in the woods a couple times as my wife likes that show. I think the most important thing to have is a Positive Mental Atitute . I know for a fact, I`m not as prepared as I would like to be.