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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.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Making Survivalism A Lifestyle Or At Least Part Of Your Lifestyle

This topic came up in an email I got today. It is as good of a topic as any because a lot has gone on today and I haven't given the blog a thought. Anyway I definitely see the benefits of making prepping a lifestyle.

According to Wikipedia a lifestyle is the way a person lives. To me it has a lot to do with what you value and how you choose to allocate limited resources like money and time. Maybe the breakover point is when something goes from being a part of your life to a significant part of your life. For example most people listen to music and periodically see a concert; however a person who considers music and seeing their favorite band(s) a part of their lifestyle is likely to put a lot more of their energy, time and money into listening to music, reading about music, talking about music and attending concerts.

I am not saying that you have to make prepping part of your lifestyle. I will however say that you aren't going to get very well prepared if it isn't at least a part of your lifestyle. Aside from (maybe) the dozen or so people who read this that are an actual part of my real life it won't affect me if you are very well prepared or not.

What I am saying is that you aren't going to get very far in preparedness unless it is important to you. Important enough to merit a decent amount of your limited time and money. You may be able to get prepared for say, a short term power outage or comparable disaster without it being a big part of your life. However beyond that the required outlay of money as well as time is probably not going to be met unless it is part of your lifestyle. Anybody can pick up an extra box of shells for their old shotgun once in awhile but getting extra hours at work to save up for good defensive weapons takes time and energy. You won't deliver pizzas to get an AK unless it is really important to you.

Even if someone is in a good enough money place that money isn't an issue time will get them. For example a well off guy may randomly end up reading One Second After and toss 50k into preps just to feel better. However it is highly unlikely that they will be willing to put the time into being able to meaningfully use. So you have a guy with very nice weapons he can't use well, food he may not be able to turn into an actual meal and all sorts of other problems.

Notice that I didn't say to make prepping/ survivalism a lifestyle. I am not saying you shouldn't do that. From  a survivalist angle if you would move to the ideal location, live in a bunker, spend all your money on preps and all your time on improving your situation that would be real good. However for just about everyone survivalism isn't the biggest thing they have going on. Maybe they enjoy their family, friends, soccer, culture and dining out, fiddling or who knows what else.

Of course the more important to you something is the more you will likely accomplish. I think it is about having your goals properly mesh with how important you make survivalism or I guess anything else. For a person who wants to lose some weight and get a bit stronger working out 4x a week doing moderate cardio and wieghts is fine. If that same person wants to have an 8 pack/ win a powerlifting competition/ run a marathon they will need to train significantly harder. It is about getting the right ratio of goals and effort.

Decide how important survivalism is to you. Not to me or some other blogger or your crazy buddy but to you. Make sure that this meshes with your goals, especially as it involves time and money. I keep coming back to time and money because they are how we generally make things happen. Getting these things to mesh will go a long way toward setting realistic goals and following through with them.
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