There has been a resurgence of doomsday believers and prepping going on. From polar shifts, to aliens there are people out there preparing for the worst. I am sure that if you were to consult psychologists, they would tell you this growing interest group is stemming from the economic downward slide of our powerful nation. To tell you the truth, I find myself feeling a little nervous as well. All of these, "what if" scenarios have really got me thinking about how I might protect my family and survive certain plausible threats. While I believe aliens could exist, I don't see myself worrying about them being the reason I need to climb into a spider hole, or make a bug out bag. But lets say a catastrophic event were to take place here in America, where are we as a civilization? How would the average person fair? I'll tell you, many would starve, or be killed because "that guy" and his family are starving and "that guy" has a gun, and you don't. In all of these scenarios, I ask myself, what basic needs need to be met by me? When I start to think about this I realize how far we have strayed away from what we should know how to do. First of all, how many people know how to grow their own food? How many can take a seed, and cultivate it until it comes out a whole, edible, still in tact (not in a critter's belly) vegetable? That is an important factor if you plan to survive a pandemic, a solar flare, or an economic collapse. My grandmother knew this. She came from the depression, and she always stayed brushed up on her horticulture skills. I could walk outside any summer and find tomatoes, or a cucumber to pick. She knew, and if she were alive, I'm sure she would tell you, that knowledge is power and what you don't use, you loose. So with that being said, I will be purchasing Gardening Year Round for Dummies very soon. I won't be the one starving if it comes down to it, and if it doesn't I will have fresh food, free of pesticides, and save money in the process.
Another forgotten past time already is books. What are we going to do when an EMP takes out every bit of electronics we have? That nook, or kindle is not going to be able to entertain you, or inform you any longer. I heard the other day that Encyclopedia Britanica had ceased publication officially. I can still remember using an encyclopedia to do research projects on my mothers typewriter. I am not THAT old. But it just shows you how fast technology can change us as a society. I think books will be an important source of entertainment, and information if and when a catastrophe does occur. And I plan to have an arsenal of knowledge wherever I build or transform my future off the grid home. So lets add how to forage for forest edibles, and a cook book to help me use those edibles correctly in a dish to my list of books to buy.
Kids these days,...right? I learned from watching and analyzing my friends in high school which parenting style works and why. So, I plan on implementing serious family time with my kids from tot to teen. Hikes, biking, camping, game night, movie night, whatever it takes. I want to have a tight bond with my children and an open dialogue. I'm not the mom that wants to be their best friend, I'm the mom that wants them home every chance they get when their grown because its "home". But I think in an isolated post apocalyptic world, family and close friends are what you need to keep moral high.
So quick check list people,
- Seeds, of all seasons
- Books of all sorts for reference and entertainment
- Board games :)