Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, we are going to take a look at the Illusion of being prepared and how to avoid it, because it is just that, an illusion. This should be an interesting post and I hope you enjoy it, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.
Every day I get emails from people all over the world who seem utterly convinced that they are completely ready for anything that could possibly happen in the world today. One reader even boasted that he was so well prepared that he could survive for 5 years all by himself without any assistance from anyone. Personally, in my humble opinion, if you spent 5 years by yourself, you may still be breathing, but you most certainly would not be right in the head! Isolation has that effect on humans and it is something that you need to consider if you are considering going the “Lone Wolf” route for survival. As humans, we have a strong need for companionship. Even if you don’t like people, you still need someone to talk to and someone who will talk back even if you don’t agree with what they are saying. It is just as much of a need and just as important as food and water are for long term survival and you need to prepare for it as well.
Some people say they are ready because they have all of this food and equipment stored up and are ready to survive anything. However when I asked them when was the last time they took out any of that equipment and practiced with it, they replied that they don’t need to because they have all of the instructions packed up with the equipment. Wow! If you think for one minute that just having instructions on how to use something will suffice after SHTF hits, then you are fooling yourself. Why is that? Why? Because the instructions that come with items is neither always complete nor accurate. What if you open the package and some of the pieces are missing? What if they require additional parts that you didn’t know they needed? What if there was a manufacturer defect? There are a ton of things that can go wrong if you wait until you really need something before you try to use it. Always practice with each piece of equipment you buy for your preps and don’t wait until your life depends on it to try to figure it out.
Another big misconception that I run across is the belief that camping and survival is the same thing. Nothing could be further from the truth and the sooner you realize that, the better off you will be. In the world, you have all kinds of things like ready to eat food, clean water, and shelter to protect you from the elements. If you get hurt, you just load up and drive to the nearest Dr. In the world of survival, life is seldom like that and your life depends on making the right decisions the first time. Have you ever actually purified water for drinking? Do you know CPR or emergency first aid and if so, when was the last time you practiced it? No, the only thing that camping and survival have in common is that they both take place outdoors. Thinking you can survive simply because you have been camping a few times or even a lot, will get you killed and that is the hard facts of life.
Another illusion is the belief that you can do things by simply figuring them out when SHTF hits. It doesn’t work that way in the real world. If you get lost in the forest, are you just going to sit on the ground and magically learn how to navigate using a compass? No my friend, you need to learn all the skills now that you will need when SHTF. Take the time now to learn the skills you will need then. Red Cross offers free or little cost courses on CPR and first aid and there are many nonprofit organizations that offer free training in different things. You can also look for survival training in your area as there are many people who hold training camps all over the US. Learn everything you can and once you do, practice it often. Well I guess that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed it as well. Just remember that any time you think you are completely ready for anything, it is only an illusion and you need to keep preparing. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared! God Bless America!