Are You Prepping To Survive or Thrive?
The Prepper Journal takes a look at what happens after an apocalypse. There’s lots of good food for thought there, so be sure and read the entire article. As usual there was one thing that caught my eye. Here it is:
“The second thought is that people throughout time have formed communities and eventually those communities need more resources. When they need more resources, that usually means that they have to expand their territory. If someone is in the way, there could be conflict. Where there is conflict, usually people die. Life in the apocalypse won’t be any different. Eventually you will need to form up with a larger group unless you are living in the trees or a cave somewhere. You can’t expect to just while your days away in peace and happiness growing a small garden and tending to your livestock while your solar power generator charges each day and allows you to watch your DVD collection that was stored alongside the DVD player in your Faraday cage forever.” [emphasis mine]
I recently posted about the 5 stages preppers go through. Stage 5 is where you have “arrived” at your prepper destination – whatever that is for you – and are now in just a maintenance stage. That’s fine as far as it goes. But have you ever thought about thriving instead of just surviving an apocalypse?
As in all things prepping, there is no single answer; no one size fits all. For some, living alone in the wilderness or in a cave is their plan and their happy with that. But for many, living in a community is what they are going to want; maybe its safety in numbers, pooled resources or just companionship. The bottom line is, by and large, we humans are a community oriented lot. What does that mean for you?
Skills. Once the major crisis has passed and we start rebuilding instead of merely surviving, skills will be in high demand. Here’s my earlier post on the subject. Here’s how the Prepper Journal puts it:
“As preppers, we need to be equally concerned about the other side of the disaster, not just making it through it when we are talking about Apocalypse. We need to plan not only on surviving, but rebuilding. What remains to be rebuilt will depend on the disaster I guess. In an apocalypse, it will probably be everything from our local level on up. This could take a huge amount of time and even if we make it to some rebuilding period, life as we knew it won’t ever be the same. We should all look at our prepping supplies, skills, plans and strategies as tools we hope to use to get us to that place where we have another opportunity to survive.” [emphasis mine]
So, my advice is, once you get to stage 5 of your prepping journey – or better yet, on your way there – find a skill or skills you like and develop them. A skill is something you will be able to sell or trade over and over again. More importantly, skills are what’s going to rebuild our world.
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