Monday, November 7, 2011

Economy of everything, This or That

There are few bad hobbies or skills. For example if somebody came up to me and said that they could teach me to speak and write Russian like a native, master marine biology with an emphasis in tropical turtles and play the violin instantaneously (matrix/ terminator style) of course I would say yes. I don’t particularly want to do any of these things and would probably never pursue them on my own but if it was free and easy why not.  However as we all know life does not work that way.

We only have limited amounts of most important things like time, money, energy, mental effort, etc. Not fixed parse (except time) but certainly limited. This means that in a practical sense every time you choose to do something you are by default choosing to not do, or stop doing something else.

A dollar spent on preps cannot be put into savings and cannot buy you a McDonalds double cheeseburger or be given to charity. Time spent at work can’t be (unless you are a bad employee or work in a similar field) used to research or pursue your newest preparedness project. You get the idea.

The thing is that in the beginning it is easy to just add things and fat slips away. An hour in the gym instead of in front of the tv or a few bucks spent on food storage instead of ordering a pizza, etc. However pretty quickly the far is gone and that is where it gets interesting and you have to start really making choices. Should you spent Tuesday evenings learning to kickbox, canning food or building a recession proof home business?
I have come to learn recently that in trying to do everything, sometimes we get nothing done. Either our efforts are so split that any progress is negligible, we work at cross purposes or burn ourselves out and as a result do nothing. We need to choose what relatively few things are most important and focus  on them. Sometimes we can become more efficient at something and incorporate it into our everyday efforts, food rotation is a great example of this one. Some other things can be done and effectively marked off the list when they move to the maintenance phase. Firearms acquisitions and basic (or by all means beyond if you want) training. Once you have your desired arms and stored ammo, mags, etc and the know how to use them the maintenance of hitting the range monthly (weekly, bi monthly, whatever you decide works) and doing some cleaning now and then  is a very different burden of time and money than the acquisitions plase.

I think we have to really strip it down to look at what is important. First it makes sense to look at what you need to survive and thrive. This means having the skills and education to earn a good living and support for family comfortably. This means having the skills and capabilities for self protection and survival. This means building and maintaining healthy relationships with people important to you. Next come things that interest you and give you happiness.

Maybe you want to do some sort of personal plan or something, I don’t know. However I do know that when we identify what is important we also by default identify what is not so important. Unless it really makes you happy then don’t bother to grow an herb garden or master a martial art, learn ham radio or play a musical instrument.

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