Recently I was asked “how long I have been prepping?” That set off a whirlwind of thoughts about my life. Everything from my grandparents farm, to my dad taking my brother and I hunting, to my 1st and 2nd grade teachers going over duck and cover drills and what a nuclear explosion looked like, to watching our jobs and factories move to China, to camping next to the marsh in Bridge City, Texas, to hurricane Andrew, to watching what happened with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike,,, the list might be a mile long.
To answer the question, Survivalism is a lifestyle, not a fad. Go ask a marathon runner what kind of quick diet he/she in on, they might give you a snicker and an evil look in return. To get into shape one has to make lifestyle changes. Training for a marathon is not something your going to do in a week, or even a month.
The same goes with being a Survivalist and Survivalism. Prepping is not going to the local local big box mart and buying a few cases of bottled water or a few cases of dried foods or canned foods, its a lifestyle change.
Its impossible to stay in a constant state of readiness. So after awhile survivalist noobs get burned out. They keep asking “when is the shtf?” After a little while they lose interest and pick up another hobby or move to the next fad.
People think they can lose a few pounds and keep it off be eating certain foods for a few weeks. But they get burned out eating only those foods. Sooner or later they go back to their normal eating patterns and the extra weight comes back. To lose weight you have to make a lifestyle change and permanently change what you are eating.
Being a true survivalist requires a lifestyle change. We do not go around waiting for SHTF, but when it does happen we are ready. We do not go down to the local big box mart, buy 20 pounds of rice – and then brag to our friends that we are “prepping”. we’re prepping, we are having so much fun being a survivalist,,,. Yea, right, ok, go blow smoke somewhere else.
If you are serious about getting ready for a disaster and adopting the survivalist lifestyle – this decision should not be taken lightly. Its a long road full of twist, and wrong turns. Its easy to get side tracked, I know, I have been there and done that.
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