Todays topic was inspired by our buddy Commander Zero. He wrote about summer complacency recently and I have been meaning to do a post on the matter.
First and foremost I think having our life focus be on something other than preparedness is a good thing. We should prepare to have peace of mind and protect what is important, not to have it dominate our lives. As I look at my journey in preparedness the times it was the biggest thing in my life I either had a void to fill or was focusing on preparedness to avoid unpleasant realities such as an unhappy failing marriage.
Preparedness is a long term journey for most people. Like finances or fitness it is a slow cooker concept. Excluding very rare people who come in with a lot of fairly uncommon skills and A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY getting to an intermediate level of preparedness to comfortable ride out a major regional disaster is going to be a multi year process.
Additionally the really prepared people I know got that way not by short term sprints but by long term consistent effort. Check out Commonalities of survivalist lifestyles and finances. They may have had some sprints in there (a friend got a whole semi truck full of food before Y2K) but it was generally modest consistent effort. So I don’t worry too much about the time you take a week or two or a month off.
Much of the advice here will also work in times when you are busy or distracted or whatever.
That said the discussion I want to have is how to manage and thrive through complacency in the context of preparedness so……..
The biggest thing I would say about successfully navigating times where you have less interest or time to put into preparedness is to MAINTAIN. Rotate the food and fuel you need to rotate to keep supplies fresh. Replace the ammo you shoot on the family range day. Keep kits organized and don’t raid them to borrow socks or beef jerky or whatever.
Second is to keep as many of the automated/ automatic things you have going on in place as is practical. If you have an automated savings or precious metals purchase plan going keep it. If you always get $20 in storage food on the weekly shopping trip keep that up. These programs should be easy to keep in place.
The last piece of advice I have for people dealing with complacency is to find something you want to do that is preparedness related and do it. One of the cool things about preparedness is that it is a very broad subject. People spend hours a week practicing on one of the dozens of subjects that fall under the umbrella of preparedness. Fitness, martial arts, shooting, tactics, food storage, cooking with food storage, gardening, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, ham radio, short wave radio, machine repair, sewing, leather working, weaving, rock climbing, knot tying, and too much more to list.
Find a new thing you want to do (or one you used to do) and get started.
For those who are busy or broke or have whatever other reason that is stalling their preparedness efforts. Think less about what you cannot do and more about what you can do. Oh your broke, it happens. PT is free, dry fire is free, organizing your gear is free, doing inventories is free. Lastly to the “I’m broke” thing we have to be honest. Are you legitimately broke or are you making other choices with your money? If you can’t afford to put back some canned goods but smoke 2 packs a day and drink 2 cases of beer a week then it isn’t that you are broke but instead that you are making other choices. Smoke/ drink less, skip a meal out, have a night in instead of a bar night, etc.
Oh your busy, it happens. Do things that require minimal time. Or maybe consider how much time you waste reading on some internet forum or mindlessly watching Netflix/ youtube. Relaxation is important and we need it but if you are doing that stuff for multiple hours every day you have time to get some stuff done.
I hope this helps some of you.