I try to live by a checklist. I have checklists for just about everything, be for my preps or what I plan on doing each day whether at work or running errands. I value strict attention to detail and try to double check things to the point of being extreme. My wife says I’m obsessed, I just tell her I’m prepared. Even with all of that in place I still must admit that I am human and as such am prone to making mistakes.
This morning I had a meeting in a city almost 2 hours from home. It’s one of the strange parts of my job, I frequently spend 4 to 5 hours on the road in order to sit in a 30 to 45 minute face to face meeting. The type of meeting I was going to demanded that I dress professionally, suit and tie type stuff. It was pretty cold when I left the house so I threw my wool overcoat (great coat) in the back seat and that was a good move, to say that it was cold at my destination would have been an understatement.
So there I was, driving to my meeting with my planner opened on the passenger seat. Personal cell phone linked via blue tooth and work cell phone with an ear bud in so I could make a few calls and maximize time. I was about 30 minutes into the drive when my business persona got a punch in the face from my prepper persona. I realized that even though I had a complete change of clothes in the trunk, a well stocked get home back and a few other “tools” in the car, I had completely forgotten to pack my hiking boots. It was around 20 degrees outside with snow on the ground. Despite all of the gear in my car how far would I truly get in a SHTF scenario in a pair of Cole Haan dress shoes? It’s not like I would even be able to put a pair of wool socks on as they are fit for the thin dress socks I wear with them. One word immediately came to mind while driving: IDIOT. There I was, Mr Blogger extraordinaire, Mr Prepper-Resources and I had violated one of the most basic rules: Attention to detail.
I’m writing this because I want you to know if mistakes like this can happen to me they can happen to you. We all forget things, we all get a tad bit complacent, and we all do stupid stuff. The key is to recognize those mistakes and take measures to reduce the risk of making them again. I left my boots behind because they are my favorite pair and as such I wear them quite a bit, so they were sitting inside my garage. My new plan is to take another pair of boots and stick them in the truck of my car permanently. They might not be my favorite boots but they will be much better than a pair of worthless dress shoes if things get ugly. We all make mistakes, I’ve made more than my fair share….how about you?