And what's holding you back?
It seems that so many people are afraid of being labeled as a prepper. At least in my social circle. It's like they know that they should do something to make sure they and their family are taken care of should an emergency arise, but are too afraid to take the step and actually do something about it.
Are they afraid of admitting that our world is not perfect and full of rainbows and unicorns like they thought it was? Are they afraid that if they acknowledge the fact that something bad could happen to disrupt their perfect world that it may cause it to actually happen? Or are they just afraid of what others may think of them? I'm pretty certain it is more likely the latter than the former. At least that was what I experienced.
When the idea of prepping first came to me my mind was bombarded with questions such as, "what will my family think?", "what will my friends think?" "will they all think I'm crazy?". I'm pretty sure that most preppers have gone through this battle of the mind at one time or another. I know I struggled with it close to a year before I made the decision. And I'm not the type of person who often fears what others think of me. I'm not exactly a people pleaser or a crowd follower.
Then one day it hit me. Deep down in my soul. What if all those promptings in my spirit were actual warnings that something was going to happen that I and my family needed to be prepared for? What if it was The Holy Spirit actually prompting me? I really needed to pray about that. And I did.
Shortly after that prayer, the idea of needing to be prepared for something that could happen was brought up in a conversation with my daughter. She admitted that she had been struggling with those same thoughts. And we decided that maybe we did need to act on it and do what we could to be prepared. Prepare for the likelihood that something actually could happen that would cause chaos and reek havoc in our country.
We started researching prepping. Up until that point I had only heard the negatives about preppers and prepping. The more I researched, the more I realized that it was something that I could no longer avoid. I wasn't actually moved by fear, it was more of just a "knowing". Knowing that if I didn't take action and something did happen I would be held accountable. After all, what did I have to lose by becoming a prepper? In reality, I had everything to lose if I didn't. My family is everything to me. So, in a sense I was moved by fear. Not fear of the circumstances and what could happen, but fear of losing my family if something bad did happen. And then the knowing that if something bad did happen I could have been prepared for it and I wasn't.
It's kind of like when someone asks, "What if you die and find out there really is no God?". My response is usually, "What if you die and find out that God really does exist? If I'm wrong, no harm done...if you're wrong?". That same attitude can be applied to prepping. What if you prepare and nothing happens? No harm done. What if you don't prepare and something does happen? Pretty heavy isn't it?
However I must confess. At first I kept my prepping and my thoughts to myself; other than my daughter and grandson. But, after about six months or so, I realized that it wasn't something I could keep quiet about any longer. I came out of the proverbial "prepping closet" and started to talk to others about it. Sure, some people looked at me like I was crazy. Some even scoffed at me. And some actually confessed that they were prepping too. But you know what? Everyone has a choice. But, how can they make a decision if they aren't aware of the need for one? That's why I started this blog site. To get the word out about prepping/survival and to let others know there is a choice that needs to be made.
It still feels like no one is listening to me when I try and convey the idea that we need to be prepared for unexpected emergencies and catastrophes. Especially since I started this blog. But, you know what? It's okay. Because I know that some are peeking in behind the scenes. Some are giving into their curiosity as to why I'm doing this. And some will actually have their eyes opened. That's why I keep going.
So, don't be afraid to look into it, or to start prepping! If you feel the urge or the nudge, educate yourself on it. With education comes knowledge, and with knowledge comes power. The power to do something with the knowledge. And, don't be afraid to let others know that you are a prepper; by doing so you may save many lives.
If you have any questions regarding prepping please feel free to contact me. I'm no expert and if I don't know the answer, I will seek until I find it. You can send me an email by going to the "About" page and using the Contact Me form. Your privacy will be respected. I do not sell or give away email addresses to anyone. To ensure you don't miss any of my future posts please sign up for email notifications at the bottom of this page. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I truly do appreciate it.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!