It’s a tough time to be a prepper and an even tougher time to be a new prepper. For those of you who have been in the game for a while think back to when it all started to click for you. Your eyes were opened to a new reality, you felt like you had to accomplish 100 things within the next month, would there be enough time? Now imagine someone who has recently decided that prepping is the way to go. Imagine the panic that must be setting in right now!
If you are new to prepping I understand that it has to be tough right now. Lots of blogs and alternative news sites screaming about the end: Greece / Puerto Rico debt crisis, China markets failing, “Glitches” with the NYSE and the list goes on. Maybe you started out thinking a few buckets of food and a couple cases of water would be good, but then you started reading articles on xyxendtimesshtf.com which linked to more articles and Youtube vids…after 57 hours of non stop SHTF internet you’ve decided it’s time to mortgage the house and buy guns / ammo / food / silver / medical supplies! After all it’s all going to end this fall, you are practically certain it will.
Predicting the Future is…IMPOSSIBLE
Various blogs / websites have been screaming “this is the end” every year for years now. You’ll find charts that show our market lining up as it did before the 1929 crash. “Look at these charts, 2012 is the year! The stats don’t lie!” FEMA camps are supposedly being built, gun confiscation is in the works and it won’t be long before a black helicopter lands in your yard to take you away.
I’ll concede this: are there MAJOR issues with our economy / society / world which make prepping a smart thing to do? Absolutely. Yet if any of these so called experts could predict the future they wouldn’t be wrong…and they have been in the past. If it all unravels tomorrow somewhere someone will be screaming “I told you so” but at that point, who cares? You’ll have what you have and will have to make the best of it. You won’t care about some suit 500 miles away and they won’t care about you, and that will be that.
Here is the best advice I can give to any new preppers: Stick with your plan, don’t accumulate ANY new debt (even to prep), control what you can and remember that moderation is key. It is true that everyone should have a baseline stockpile of preps which consist of food / water / water filtration / medical supplies / personal protection equipment. How much of the aforementioned items to stockpile should be determined by a budget (what can you afford). Additionally remember it’s not always about stuff, the prepper mentality is truly a huge asset. Being awake to what is going on in this world, making calculated decisions based on that and not falling victim to hype from the mainstream media OR alternative media. Think about what skills you or others in your family have and how those could be leveraged if indeed T-SHTF. Anyone work in healthcare? What about metal or wood working?
I wrote this article because my wife came home from work today and related a conversation she had with a co-worker who just started prepping. Their family is in absolute freak out mode, probably have 2 weeks of food stashed away but are talking about buying thousands of dollars in silver. That’s….a really bad idea. Prep smart and in moderation because if the crash happens tomorrow, next week, next year, 5 years from now I guarantee none of us will be fully prepared. The journey truly never ends.