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.
The slow slide toward collapse is harder on me than a quick implosion would be-- I think (since I've never really experienced an implosion). I hate the waiting.
I'm as ready as I'm probably going to get. The longer this drags on, the more of my preps will need to be refreshed.
My gardening was an utter failure. I will need to rely on the stuff that grows naturally rather than garden foods if the collapse gets to that point this year. I knew that was a possibility because I'm so bad at gardening. So, no real surprise there.
I probably ought to do some work on my bike to get it working better-- but the reason it has problems now is that I did some work on it last year and screwed things up. Doing more work on it might not benefit its functionality the way I hope it would.
I would like to get more firewood. Trees don't grow naturally in this region, so that means buying firewood from those who travel to collect it. I can usually find cheap wood that's not great, but burns. I had an ...
This is a cross-post with my KentForLiberty blog (http://blog.kentforliberty.com/)
As I've said recently, I feel pretty good about the condition of my preps. I've never been better positioned for the S to HTF, even though I don't think my location is ideal since there is no real outdoors (farmland doesn't count) within a couple hundred miles.
But if I had the money there are more things I'd get.
I'd get much more ammo.
I'd get antibiotics packs for everyone in the household from JASE Medical.
I'd get more water containers, sturdy ones, the kind that can stack like bricks as well as a couple of water bobs.
I'd stock up on heritage seeds, even though I'm a terrible gardener.
Even though I believe it's important to reduce dependence on electricity in anticipation of TEOTWAWKI scenarios, I'd still get a solar "generator" and solar panels to charge it.
I'd get a more secure, larger shed, and a sturdy privacy fence around my entire property.
I'd get locking gas caps, and harden my vehicles...
I ran across something I wanted to share with you. You probably already know about it and are laughing at me for being so late to the game. Just in case you don't know, I'll tell you anyway.
I have always stocked dry milk. And I hate it. I can put it in recipes and it's OK, but for anything where you need liquid milk that tastes like milk, it doesn't cut it. Yuck.
However, I recently tried Nido. I had heard about it on another prepper's video and decided to give it a shot.
It is milk, in powder form. It tastes like milk. I've eaten it on cereal, my daughter has drank it, I even let the cats pass judgment. Everyone approves.
The "best by" dates aren't far enough into the future to make me happy-- maybe that can be extended with careful, cool, storage. It's probably a trade-off due to this not being fat-free.
It's not a money-saving thing-- it's going to cost more than fresh milk. But if you don't have a source of milk, or don't have refrigeration, it is a good option to try. At the...