Here’s the concept: Everything in our “prepping storage”, the canned goods, the ammo, all the survival gear, the barter items and fuel stocks, all took energy to grow, manufacture, and transport.
Essentially, preppers are stockpiling “energy” today for future use when a disaster or a SHTF scenario limits (or eliminates) the means to grow, manufacture, or transport the replacement of food, gear, electricity, etc.
The Canadian Prepper takes this idea and breaks it down into three prepping styles, the Micro Prepper, the Meso Prepper and the Macro Prepper [see image on the Next Page]
Where are you and your family?
Are you diligently working on preparedness? Are you preparing to prepare? Are your efforts scattered and haphazard?
Do you know where to begin … or how to continue your prepping efforts intelligently?
Were you prepping but stopped, and now you want to start back up?
Just what is your “prepping goal”? Exactly what do you have to do? What are the steps, in order of importance. How do you know how close you are to the “prepper finish line”? What questions did you forget to ask ….? Did you get any right answers?
Wow! Forget about all that right now. Prepping, being a prepper, is a process. It’s a lifestyle that never ends. It’s a state of ever-growing readiness. The goal is to keep setting goals. The first goal is to start.
Now all those questions are legitimate to a degree. You just can’t let yourself be overwhelmed by it all. Don’t let excuses quash your prepper readiness. Don’t let excuses breed procrastination.
So here’s a list of 19 excuses that may slow down your prepper process. Be aware of them so you don’t falter in your chosen lifestyle.
Excuses to do with: Research
1. I have no idea how to start prepping. I’ll push things off until I have time to figure out what my first step is.
2. While I want to get a good stockpile of survival gear going, I’m not sure what kinds of items to throw into the wishlist. I think I’ll hold off until I do some research; although I’m not sure where to start…
3. I want to invest my money in some really good gear, but I don’t have enough money to splurge and test items, and I don’t want to end up spending on any products I don’t like. I don’t have time to do the research and look up reviews right now, but I’ll get around to working on it eventually.
Excuses to do with: Planning
4. Before I get into prepping I’ll want to have a complete plan outlined. I don’t have time to get that worked out right now, so I’ll just wait until I do.
5. Prepping is something I want to take seriously. I don’t want to start working on a plan and then have to stop. So I’m not going to start prepping yet – until I’m in the type of situation where I know I won’t have to stop.
Excuses to do with: Money
6. I can’t afford to prep right now.
7. Prepping is way too expensive. I can’t understand how anyone can afford to prep – they must have a lot of money.
Excuses to do with: Space
8. I live in an apartment – I don’t have the room to prep.
9. My house is too small. Once I up-size, I’ll begin prepping.
Excuses to do with: Stress
10. I don’t know where to start when it comes to prepping. It’s way too overwhelming. I can’t deal with the stress right now.
11. I have too much to do at the moment – I can’t possibly think about prepping right now.
12. Took the time to prep seriously for a while, but now I’m completely burned out. I’ll take a break from prepping – as long as I need it to be – and pick back up once I feel less exhausted by the thought of it.
Excuses to do with: Energy
13. I’m way too exhausted from work. I don’t have the energy to prep right now.
14. Too much of my energy is spent on the kids right now – between taking them to school, extracurricular activities, and driving them around in the summer. I’ll wait until things settle down to begin prepping.
Excuses to do with: Time
15. Where am I going to find the time to prep right now? I’ll just do it later.
16. I still have time before the next [insert emergency situation here]. I’ll start prepping seriously in a few [days/months/years].
17. I can’t seem to get my family on the same page as I am with regards to prepping – I’ll wait until I do get them on the same page as me to begin.
18. I do see the point in prepping, but being seen as a crazy prepper by my peers is holding me back from really getting started. It bothers me how much of a stigma is attached to being a prepper.
19. Prepping is hard work, and I don’t see a point to being prepared if the shit doesn’t hit the fan. Things look like they’re fine right now. If it looks like another recession is going to hit or something like that, I’ll start prepping then.
Source: If you need additional reasons to procrastinate, checkout the thoughtful article by Elise Xavier. She’s a shutterbug and a self-sufficiency guru.
Image: Gerd Altmann From Freiburg, Deutschland
So many bloggers talk about the benefits of an off the grid lifestyle, but few discuss the limitations such a lifestyle creates.
Of course, once off the grid, you’ll have a great sense of accomplishment, a new set of survival skills, your own food on the table, and strong sense of security. But this lifestyle also requires a lot of work and sacrifice.
Here’s how Bob Rodgers of Prepper’s Will frames it:
1) Growing food requires a lot of work
You need to understand that growing your own food requires a lot of work and success is not a promise. Growing your own food requires diligence, consistency and a recuperative ability.
It will take time until you get used with all of it and you need patience. Not to mention that growing food means you need to get down and dirty.
You can’t do it from the keyboard and you it will be harder for you if you’re not used with physical labor. It will pay off in the end, but you will have to get to that point and that means you have to practice and have patience.
There are a few good solutions for producing your own food, some quite innovative and you just need to find the right one for you.
2) Living off the grid requires a certain mind spirit
Yes you’ve heard it right, living off the grid is not for everyone and if you are the type that panics easily, you will have a hard time if you decide to follow on this system.
There will be times when nothing goes your way and there will nobody you could blame it on. Uncertain weather conditions, pests, soil problems and what not will undeniably discourage you.
So if you’re not optimist and if you can’t keep your cool, even when nature it’s against you, then you should reconsider about living off the grid. The good news is that humans are creatures that can easily adapt if they have the right mindset.
Most of the people I’ve talked with and based on the stories I’ve read about off the grid living, made me believe that the first three years are the hardest.
3) Off the grid living is also about relocating
Most of the time, in order to set up an off the grid lifestyle you need to have a separate piece of land. Off the grid living involves moving to another state and finding an appropriate and affordable piece of land.
So not only you have to get used to this new lifestyle, but you also have to deal with everything that relocating brings.
You will have to face new challenges, from meeting new people to learning about the rules and regulations from your new location and even developing new type of skills (like hunting).
Some people have trouble dealing with all of this and it takes a tool on their state of mind and well-being. It makes living off the grid much harder for them than it already is.
4) Off the grid living is not a permanent vacation as it looks
In fact, you might not have too much free time for yourself in the first year or two. This until you get used to this new lifestyle and the changes it brought.
You must kiss your leisure days a goodbye because you will be on duty 24/7 on the first months.
You need a lot of motivation to continue and if you’re the laid back type, it will all come crushing down on you.
Living off the grid requires a lot of work in the first year and in order to make it, you need to convince all your family members to give a helping hand.
You will see that things get easier with time and you will be glad you didn’t gave up.
5) Off the grid living requires safety measures
You are far from the world and you think you’re safe. You’re not, and you might find out the hard way. When you live off the grid you should always be on guard.
Many people have a “Zen attitude” and they don’t pay too much attention at the outside world when they have their own little slice of heaven.
They don’t put too much effort into defending their home and I think that’s a mistake. You’ve struggled so much to build everything you have. Shouldn’t you protect it?
When it comes to defense most people get a firearm or two and that’s pretty much it. If something will happen and the brown stuff hits the fan, people living off the grid will become targets because they have what everyone needs, self-sustainability.
Living off the grid means you also have to invest in your protection and make sure your new house can withstand a home invasion.
6) Off the grid living can’t make everyone happy
In fact, off the grid living it’s about compromising and the sooner you realize it, the better you will be. All the renewable energy sources you install might not generate enough energy to power all the things of your need.
If your kids are spending all their time on the Xbox, someone will be disappointed at the end of the day when the washing machine won’t work.
Not all the members of the family will be drawn to this type of living, especially the teenagers.
They will need their time, their friends and their hobbies and dealing with an unhappy teenager when you have other chores waiting for you, will only cause arguments.
These are just some examples, but the point is the same, not all families can handle an off the grid living. If you are not united as a family and if you can’t compromise, living off the grid will become a struggle ….
Source: Once again Bob Rodgers provides brilliant, in depth insights into the prepper lifestyle. Please check out his complete post.
Image: Jason Lawrence