“Don’t you get tired from all of that worrying? All that doom and gloom stuff just wears me out.”
If you’ve ever shared your thoughts on prepping with a close friend or family member, you’ve probably been asked a similar question.
Many non-preppers believe that as preppers, we sit around all day worrying that the sky is going to fall. They mistakenly believe that we are in a no-win situation, that we are only happy when we are in a near depression or panic over some state of disaster that we fear is approaching.
Are they right? Do you agonize over the news? Are you continually fretting about the European financial crisis, the constant erosion of our personal rights and freedoms, or potential loss of a job?
While many preppers are concerned about these and other things. I don’t think that most are paralyzed by them. In fact, I think most preppers do what they do to alleviate worry and fear.
Feeling Unprepared Causes Worry
Have you ever had one of “those” dreams. You know the ones: where you show up for a final exam for a class that you thought you had dropped. You meant to have dropped it, but somehow you forgot all about the class and now the final exam is upon you.
Or maybe you’ve had the other version of the dream, the one where you show up for school wearing only your underwear. How embarrassing!
I’m not much for dream interpretation but some people claim that both of these dreams are common among the populace and that they typically represent a feeling of being underprepared about something.
I don’t know about that. Makes sense I suppose.
I do know that when I feel unprepared for a work-related activity, it creates stress in my life. When I don’t have a good sense of what is left to be done on a project, I feel stress. There’s an expectation that has been set for my performance and I’m not sure where the bar is. That creates stress in my life.
So, feeling unprepared can create a sense of worry and stress.
A Prepper’s Piece of Mind
Preparedness is the antidote for stress. With being prepared comes a sense of peace and calmness. It’s not that you are looking forward to an unfortunate circumstance, but you have the assurance that if adversity happens you have a backup plan.
For example, you’re driving down a long stretch of highway. It’s after hours, getting dark. The needle on your fuel gauge is past the E. You’re running out of gas and there’s not a gas station in sight. That knowledge can put you on edge, can make you anxious and nervous. It’s not a pleasant feeling.
But what if you have a 5 gallon container of fuel in the back? What if you’re prepared for just such an emergency? You’re less nervous now. You have a backup plan. You don’t want to run out of fuel before finding a place to fill up. But if you do, you’re covered.
That’s the feeling that being prepared. It brings a peace of mind and a sense of assurance.
It’s a nice feeling to know that if I lose my job tomorrow, my family has at least 6 months of food stored so we won’t go hungry. It’s a nice feeling to know that if the power goes out for an extended period of time, we have the ability to cook and heat our home. It’s a nice feeling to know that whatever happens, we’ve prepared as best we can.
Don’t misunderstand, though. We’re not finished. We haven’t arrived yet. We’re still preparing. We’re still adding supplies, learning new skills, and practicing the skills we have. But we’ve started down the path and we’re a lot further along than we were 2 years ago.
That’s why I prepare.
What about you? Why do you prepare? Share your story in the comments below.