On being overwhelmed….
If you have been a Prepper, Survivalist, whatever you wish to call yourself, for any length of time, you may have become overwhelmed with it all. That it’s just too much to do….and time is running out. If you feel a deep responsibility to your family and friends and haven’t been there yet, you will be at some time in the future. Ours is not a happy future we contemplate.
There are a few different types of preppers. Some are visitors and become involved, sometimes deeply, until their attention wanders and they are off on a new crusade. Some take it to heart and absorb the lifestyle, of these I believe many become overwhelmed by the enormous scope of the undertaking and sometimes give up feeling helpless.
I got involved in this community back in the 70’s I was a serious student of international terrorist groups (and there were a lot of them) and dreading the day it came to our shores (I was one of the few not surprised by 9/11, I had expected a nuke). During those times there were no: EMP, looming economic collapse, Islamic Jihad, or government and banking powers run amok. But there were a lot of dangerous bad actors out there.
I grew up with the cold war and recall seeing Nike-Zeus missiles on the beaches of South Florida and military convoys on I-95 during the Cuban missile crises. Kruchev blinked so we are all still here. My planning in the 70s and 80s revolved around falling back to the Everglades and laying low on the (new) mountain house freeze dried foods for two or three weeks hoping things would blow over. All my gear would go on a 10’ whaler hull I had out-fitted for the purpose. After that I would have to raid and continue to lay low. It was a plan that fit my resources. I was recently out of the Marine Corps and was certain that I could do this as I already had in Vietnam.
In later years, I worked at some rather strange jobs and was connected to some very wired in people both in and out of the country. A rumored incident (that turned out had been true, but failed to come off) that I picked up on the grapevine regarding a nuke plant put all of my preparations in high gear during the lead up to the first Gulf War. I got with my friends (the core group fire-team I have today) and made detailed arrangements to get all of our dependents on the road and out of Florida with armed security. There has never been a plan to defend Florida in the event of hostilities, it is to be abandoned. The coast line is too long and porous. The tensions passed, but the scare and stress put me into an extreme state of vigilance and I eventually overwhelmed myself.
I was trying to prepare for EVERYTHING. My obsession with detail uncovered demons under every stone and I felt that I had to deal with all of them. I didn’t. I backed off of prepping for a few years and cleared my vision. This is what I learned from all of those years.
You cannot prepare for everything.
You will never have enough food.
You will never have enough gear.
You will never have enough medical supplies.
You will never have enough ammunition.
You cannot take all of these worldly problems on your shoulders.
And….you cannot do this alone!
There are so many horrors in our world today; if you try to deal with all of them I guarantee that you will go crazy. Pick your battles. Pick the ones that you can win.
Asteroid strikes, polar shifts, caldera explosions, the aftermath of world wide nuclear war, all of these are beyond us. We will all perish in these catastrophic events. So don’t concern yourself with them, it does no good. Save your mind and your effort.
The battles that I have picked to fight are hyper-inflation and economic collapse coupled with a rogue government out of control. My secondary battle is EMP. It can come from a coronel mass ejection (as has happened before) or a terrorist, US false flag, or nation-state sponsored strike. I prepare for this because during the rebuild I would like to live a little bit in this century and I want use of the combat multipliers, technology provides. These battles can be won and if you win, you can flourish on the other side, smarter and stronger than in your past.
You have picked a lifestyle, like it or not. Develop the habits of that lifestyle and much of your prepping will be painless, effortless and will come natural. In doing so you will always be much better prepared for ANY eventuality than the majority of the population. You will win.
Don’t be overwhelmed. Look beyond the gloom and don’t give up. Survival is 99% not quitting when you feel all hope is lost. Hang in there; we’re all in this together.