Prepping is serious, but it can also be a lot of fun.
There's no goal to reach; you're never finished prepping. It's a way to live and a way to see the world. Not as a dangerous scary place, but as an opportunity to do something that can make a positive difference for your future-- even if the "S" never hits the fan.
Not only is it fun to think of a possible need and find a way to prep for it, but it's also fun to be able to use your preps in non-emergencies.
Several times over the years my preps have smoothed out a minor crisis. Either the water got turned off or there was a power outage. I look at these events as an opportunity to test my preparedness-- and it is honestly kind of fun. These practice runs can help you see where your preps need some work, which is better than discovering the "holes" once it's too late to do anything about them.
The skills you'll learn can also come in handy in mundane situations.
Once, many years ago, before I carried an EDC (every day carry) kit with me at all times, my extended family was having a cookout down at a state park, and we realized no one had any matches. I said I could get a fire going anyway, and set to work making a bow/drill set. (I am embarrassed that I didn't think of using any of the car cigarette lighters that were undoubtedly present). No one had confidence I could do it and my brother-in-law drove back to town for matches. But I had a fire going before he returned. That was fun.
Prepping is serious. It protects you and your family from unnecessary hardships. But it is also fun if you let it be. That's just as important. If you don't find the fun in it, you'll have a harder time keeping it going-- and you need to do so.
If you focus only on guns and ammo, you are not prepared. If you focus only on stockpiling food, you are not prepared. If your focus is too narrow on anything, you are not prepared.
Prepping means you are trying to be ready for whatever comes. You don't know if it will be a xombie apocalypse or just a supply chain collapse. You have to be ready for either one-- and both at the same time. You have to be ready for a failure of anything you need for survival, without regard to "why"-- just that it is happening.
You can't foresee everything that might cause there to be no food available to buy, but you can do things to make sure you'll be OK. You can't predict what might cause hordes of predatory creatures to swarm your property, but you can be ready to defend against them, whoever and whyever they are there. You can't know for sure why there's no electricity in the grid, but you can make sure it's not a problem for you.
Prepping is the responsible thing to do. If you are prepared you ...
You don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your hiking companion.
Yeah, that's a cynical way to look at it, but there's truth in it.
With prepping (in the event of TEOTWAWKI), you may not have to survive on your preps until you are 90 years old, just outlast those who didn't prep. Once they die off, survival may get easier.
I know-- it would be great if you were able to keep everyone alive into the distant future. But that's just not going to be possible, is it?
Once the marauders and beggars have Darwinized themselves out of the population, it will be easier to grow your own food. You'll only have to worry about deer and raccoons, not Naked Apes (which is a really good book by Desmond Morris, by the way).
So, while it would be nice to have preps to last until you die of old age, and be self-sufficiently growing your own food, making your own soap and cloth (or buckskin), realistically, at least have enough to outlast those who would be the biggest threat to your ...
I've been doing something non-prepping this past week. Maybe even anti-prepping, as in it may be a step backward.
I rescued a kitten who found me along my morning walk. He was about 5 weeks old, sick and starving, and was barely able to come toward me. I couldn't ignore his cries for help.
So I've been spending money I don't have to spare-- and just about all my spare time and energy-- bringing him back.
And it's working.
He's still got a respiratory infection and eye infections, but I've got him on antibiotics and he's improving. He's eating and playing really well. No longer is he skin and bones; I can pet him without feeling every vertebra and rib.
Sometimes you've got to do the right thing even if it's not smart.
If anyone wants to chip in for kitten medicines and food, you can find ways on the side bar of my main blog: https://blog.kentforliberty.com/2021/08/kitten-update-2.html