Feb 8, 2013
I was recently asked by someone in a conversation “What is a Prepper”? I started to answer the question with a knee jerk reaction being that a prepper is someone with a cache of bullets, band aids and beans stored away in the event that the world shows signs of coming to an end via economic collapse, EMP events, Madrid earthquakes or other major disasters. After a long pause, my definition came out of my mouth and it was that a prepper is simply one who prepares.
This led to a short conversation spurred on by the person asking what they are preparing for. We talked for a little bit and ended the conversation both a bit confused because they didn’t understand why someone would can meat when they can freeze it and I couldn’t understand how they haven’t heard about a power outage lasting for more than a week. It was not surprising to see our conversation go in that direction and end the way it did given that upwards of 95% or more of the population just don’t see that there is any reason to think that society can break down, but what was surprising was the thought process I had that followed our conversation.
Make no mistake about it; there will be a crash of some sort and depending on how far we fall will determine how bad it is. We are a hand to mouth society far removed from the habits of our ancestry who stored food in their cellars, produced food in fields and gardens and had food producing animals out in the back 40 to sustain them. Today procurement of food is completed via going continually to the grocery store, eating out and ordering in. Virtually no one is paying attention to how long a person’s family will last if that supply chain is disrupted for any reason.
So, what is a prepper? That is an excellent question with limitless answers and in hindsight, although my initial definition is correct because although we as preppers are preparing for something, we are also preparing for the worst. People with auto insurance are preparing for a car crash or accident. People with life insurance are preparing for death. People with crop insurance are preparing for a devastating hail storm. People with house insurance are preparing for a fire. While all of these things are bad situations, these people wouldn’t fit in the category as a prepper. With proper insurance the majority can weather the storm and life goes on.
I think what separates the prepper from the average Joe who buys insurance is the lifestyle of a prepper. Preppers just think differently than most people. Preppers are independent thinkers who instead of wanting to be taken care of, we want to produce and provide and sacrifice the now for the future.
With the dollar continuing to be devalued through QEinfinity, people losing gainful employment or becoming underemployed and underpaid just to make ends meet and put food on the table, many are finding that there is too much month left over at the end of the money. Choices have to be made by preppers yearly, monthly, weekly and even hourly on what to do with the limited resources we have at our disposal.
I suggest to all preppers that they implement a prepper filter into their decision making. Think of it as a hopper where all of our hearts wants and desires are dropped into the top of the filter including bills, food expenses all the way up to the new Harley. There are stops along the way for each item where it either passes the test or it gets spit out the side. For each item, decisions need to be made. Whatever you want, put it through your personalized prepper filter to see if you really should do or purchase it.
Create your own filter questions, but before you do, I encourage you to write down what your goals are. Everything should be judged with the #1 question being “Is this going to help me accomplish my goals?”
After food, water and shelter are taken care of; here are some examples of questions to ask before you make a purchase.
I have heard the excuse many times from people that they cannot afford to prep, yet they have a satellite dish, the most expensive smart phone with data package, an X Box, drink coffee from Fourbucks every morning and I could go on and on. I truly believe that everyone has within their capacity the ability to prep.
Where we are today is a result of a series of choices we have made in the past. The great part is that today is the first day of the rest of our lives and where we end up in the future will be the result of choices that we make between now and then. Everyone makes mistakes, especially yours truly, but moving forward, setting goals and filtering lifestyle and financial decisions through a personalized filter will give us the best chance to be as prepared as we can be.
I have said in the past that prepping is not a destination, it is a journey. Everyone is at a different point on their journey, but we are all on the same path either learning from those ahead of us or encouraging those behind. Don’t forget to have fun along the way and enjoy these days of plenty, but don’t lose sight of your goals in the process.
This article was posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:30 am