What is all the preparedness, self sufficiency, community building, gardening, etc, all about? Why do we work so hard to help ensure survival? Everyone’s answers will be at least a little different. But the core should be very similar, hopefully at least.
To survive and live no-matter-what.
But is that enough? I don’t think so. This reminds me of one of my favorite book quotes:
“We had a ceremony today. An award, to the kid who caught the most rats this week. And we can look forward to that for the rest of our lives. To our kids growing up as rat catchers and swine herders. Honorable work. Needed work. Nobody puts it down. But … Don’t we want to hope for something better?” Rick Delanty, from Lucifer’s Hammer.
How about we change the answer to: Survive and live a life worth living.
How do we distinguish between the two? How do we work towards surviving and living a life worth living? First you have to start living a life worth living right now, today, this very instant.
How? You will have to ask your self many questions, such as: What is important to you? What isn’t important to you? What is your quality of life, and the quality of life of those you love and care about?
To get there it will be a hard road to walk, at least if you look at a lot of the stats floating around:
- 1 in 8 adults in the US are on some sort of anti-depressant
- Over 1 in 4 are labeled as obese (over 1 in 3 are overweight)
- 1 in 3 have high blood pressure
- Half of the US reports high levels of stress that lead to physical problems (main causes: Money, work, economy and family responsibilities)
- The average indebted household has over $15,000 dollars on their credit cards
- 73% of voters think the country is on the wrong track
I could keep going, but you get the idea. I’d bet you didn’t even need me to tell you any of the above, and could name a dozen more things to add to the list. It’s those types of things that make people want to get prepared in the first place, if right now is so bad – what is the future going to look like?
Today is bad, so we prepare for a worse tomorrow.
But I think we should turn that right around and flip it upside down. Today is bad, how can we make it better so we’re looking forward to a better tomorrow?
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting many follow up parts to this, discussing some key topics including:
- Health, exercise and diet
- Family and relationships
- Faith and religion
- Debt and finances
- Liberty and freedom
- Habits and actions
- And more, if I don’t list it please let me know what you would like to see added!
Now for the good stuff – I’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to a lucky random person who leaves a comment on this thread about how they currently are – or are working towards living a life worth living. The winner will be selected on 7/27 and I will email them at the address used to enter the comment and it will be announced here and on my Facebook page. (FYI: entering your email for a comment does NOT sign you up for ANYTHING. If you would like to receive my monthly newsletter you can click here or on the mail icon in the top right.)