The Prepper Perspective: It’s Not Always What You Do, Sometimes It’s How You Do It

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Prepping is way more than stockpiling food and water and waiting for the end of the world. Prepping is about not just surviving but thriving. Prepping is accepting you can’t afford that idyllic bug out location and making the very best of the resources you have, making the decision to bloom where you are planted. Prepping is about taking you life back and becoming more self-reliant.

There are a huge amount of people who think that peppers are nut jobs. They think we spend our time running around in the woods in camo gear living off wild mushrooms and bugs.

They seem to have the impression that we are a sad, pathetic bunch of people who are building bunkers in the garden and who live our lives in fear.

I have no doubt that a few people do live their lives like that…but it’s important to recognise that there are variations of behaviour in any and every group of people.

Prepping gives me peace of mind. It allows me to watch what’s happening in the world and know that I have, and still am taking steps to mitigate the effects that local and global events could have on my family. Prepping gives me a sense of security – but at the same time makes me think and consider my actions on a daily basis which generally assists in keeping me and mine safer than I otherwise would have been.

Peppers have a different way of looking at things, a different perspective and although you may think prepping is little more than stocking up to cover emergencies it isn’t, prepping is a lifestyle choice and it makes a difference to every facet of our lives.

As an example. two women from the same street need to go out late in the evening. One woman is a prepper the other isn’t.

Woman one is a non-prepper, she needs to go to the shop half a mile away, she will be walking, it’s cold and dark. She bundles up and sets off head down rushing along to get the task over with. Her hands are sunk deep into her pockets clutching the money for a carton of milk.

She doesn’t see the guy lurking in a small alley between two buildings.  She’s on a mission and is thinking of nothing but how cold it is and buying the milk.

She ignores the man walking towards her, coming from the direction of the shop and still has no clue the man is at the end of the alley watching her.

She gets to the shop, buys the milk and heads home.

They find her body at the end of the alley later that evening.

Woman two is making the exact same trip. She is a prepper. She is wearing gloves and has her keys in her hand, ring hooked over her finger palm around them, the longest key held firmly between her thumb and index finger.

She knows the alley exists and instinctively moves to the edge of the kerb as she approaches it and she looks directly at it as she passes. She sees the man and he knows she has seem him. She quickens her pace somewhat.

She sees the man walking towards her and smiles. “Evening” she says as they pass, stealing a glance behind her. She sees the man peering out from the alley watching her.

She buys the milk and leaves to head home. Across the road a couple are walking in the direction of her home, she crosses over and walks behind them, they head to a house almost opposite the alley. She looks over, sees the man in the shadows but he makes no move.

She arrives home safely.

Now before you start yes, I know, as a prepper she wouldn’t have run out of milk in the first place but I needed an analogy. I needed to make a point and that point is that both women had the same task to complete. They lived in the same road, were going to the same shop to buy the same item but one lived and one died and that was down to the different perspectives they held about a trip to the shops.

In short peppers are more mindful of their surrounding, more tuned in to what is normal and what is not. They are aware that the simplest thing can become a monstrous problem and they act accordingly to minimise issues.

This applies to every facet of our lives and half the time we have no idea that we are doing it because it has become a way of life, a lifestyle choice that we have made.

Far from being a sad, fearful pessimists peppers tend to be the polar opposite. We are a resourceful, mindful bunch who are able to think laterally and adapt on the fly.

We are awake and aware and that works well in our everyday lives because rather than suddenly having to confront the reality of a situation our conscious or even subconscious has already considered the possibilities and steps we can take to overcome the issue.

This was a very simple analogy but it highlights the prepper mindset, the awareness we have regarding seemingly run-of-the-mill situations.

We all have our stories, the event that made us start prepping in the first place and for many of us, me included, it was a personal event that made us stop and think “No, never again will I be in this situation”. How we arrived where we are is important, we should never forget why we started our personal preparedness journey.

Many of us started for personal reasons but  as we read and learned from others we morphed into the people we are today. Awareness of  and dealing with our own situation opened the door to becoming aware of threats outside of our personal bubble.

I’ll end this where I started it:

Prepping is way more than stockpiling food and water and waiting for the end of the world. Prepping is about not just surviving but thriving. Prepping is accepting you can’t afford that idyllic bug out location and making the very best of the resources you have, making the decision to bloom where you are planted. Prepping is about taking your life back and becoming more self-reliant.

Here are a few articles that may make your journey a little easier:

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Anaesthetics after a collapse: Ketamine

When terrorism comes to town

EMP: The ultimate terrorist attack

On the preparedness map all roads lead to a town called Grid Down

28 prepper uses for mylar blankets

Coping with extreme weather if you’re stranded outside

Things to do BEFORE winter arrives

18 prepper uses for wood ash

16 prepper uses for candle wax

Let there be light: Bean can candles

Starting your preparedness journey

New preppers guide to winter vehicle preparedness

Our unhealthy love affair with electricity: A few hints and tips for new preppers.

Take care

Liz

8 thoughts on “The Prepper Perspective: It’s Not Always What You Do, Sometimes It’s How You Do It”

  1. the mention of keys reminded me of my days working at a welfare office in an inner city. I was shown by the security officer how to get to my car after work. She said to put my finger thru the key ring, then put the keys facing outward thru all my fingers, making a great brass knuckles! I still do this whenever necessary. Walk very deliberately and confidently.

    1. Morning Janie,

      I think I’d like him!Good advice, if you have a car you have a right to be holding keys.There was a case in the UK I heard about a while back, a few years now. Bloke and his wife are coming back from a night out. Someone tries to grab the wife bag but it gets caught on her arm and tangled up and a tussle breaks out, the husband is getting a bit of a beating, wife has run into McDonalds to ask for help. The contents of her bag are all over the place and her husband grabs a comb with a pointed end and stabs the guy sitting on him in the leg with it.

      Getting to the important bit, the husband was prosecuted for assault with a weapon on the grounds that he was bald and therefore should not have had access to the comb as he had no hair and didn’t need a comb!!!

      Now the police were up i arms about this, as far as they were concerned the guy was mugged, fought back and the mugger ended up in hospital…case over. It was the muggers lawyer that forced the issue.

      Happily the case went nowhere but this is how insane the UK Crown Prosecution Service is. I was told about this by a police officer friend way back, he wasn’t there but even now it’s talked about by law enforcement.

      The world has gone nuts.

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to leave a comment, hope to see you back soon

      Liz

  2. I smiled when I read this as you described my walk from the pool to the car park every night exactly! Even down to the keys! I didn’t know anyone else did that! : )
    Great article thank you Liz
    Sue x

    1. Oh Sue, either I need to move a county up or you need to move one down lol. Told you there were two of us lol.

      On a serious note I moved from city to country, took three years before I could hear a farmers shot gun without picking up the phone to call the law!

      Got an article going out next week regarding weaponry, we can do a bit better than keys lol. I’ll email it to you.

      Chat soon,

      liz

      1. My hubby is a farmer and he likes guns even more than I do! : ) it’s such a shame the UK has such strict laws on weaponry. I shall look forward to reading your article.
        I think if we lived nearer to each other we would get into all sorts of mischief! : D
        Thanks for your email earlier, I will get back to you tomorrow. You gave me an idea about canning I’m still pondering.
        Sue

        1. Oh yes…my bestie is a horsey type called Sue…we are enough trouble on our own, put you in the mix and I think we’d have a bit of fun lol.

          Speak soon x

    1. Evening Valerie,

      We all do, it’s the name of the game. It’s a bit like keeping in shape, you might not have to, you may be firm and timed and lovely, but you choose to anyway.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my ramblings and more still for sharing your thoughts.

      Have a good evening

      Liz

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