Your mind is your most important "prep". It can get you through bad times better than anything you could stockpile. I'm not even talking about the skills you can (and should) learn.
If your mindset is useful you're always in better shape than if it is harmful. It can be the difference between seeing a situation as an insurmountable disaster and seeing it as an opportunity for adventure and testing yourself.
What do I mean? Be adaptable. Embrace the discomfort. See the adventure. Don't be whiny. Don't obsess over the unfairness of it all.
Look at hardships as an adventure-- other people might even pay to experience in some small way what you are going through when you are facing a struggle. People pay to experience escape rooms, after all.
How many times have you enjoyed a movie about a struggle for survival? Disaster movies are popular, as are zombie movies and crazy murderer movies ("Friday the 13th", part what?).
When you find yourself in that situation you have the opportunity to not repeat the stupid mistakes you see on the screen-- the mistakes without which the movie would be over in 5 minutes. Murderer approaches in the parking garage, and instead of fumbling and dropping your keys in a panicked attempt to get in the car (which obviously won't start anyway), you face the potential murderer, draw your gun, and he either flees or dies. End credits roll (other than the legal consequences).
It's better than the alternative.
Being prepared is always better than not being prepared, and having a healthy attitude about events is always better than not.
Yeah, I know. It's easy to say; harder to live. "This is different!" Yes, it is. You don't really notice the problems you're completely at ease dealing with. The ones you notice are the ones that cause you the most trouble. If you can adjust your mindset, those will be less noticeable, too. It's something to think about.
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