Be Realistic

Posted on: January 11, 2018

If there is a single bit of advice I could pass along to my fellow survivalists and preppers, it is this — be realistic. Understand that while working hard to increase your abilities is important, it is just as critical to know your limitations. If you plan to bug out on foot, for example, and you get winded walking to the mailbox, odds are a journey of 250 miles isn’t going to end well for you. Sure, once upon a time you could manage 20+ miles a day while humping a ruck. That was 30 years and 95 pounds ago.

I’ve lost count of the number of preppers I’ve met who have a good supply of heirloom seeds and plan to feed their family with what they grow but have never gardened before in their lives. They figure they’ll just dig up a garden patch in the backyard, drop the seeds in the ground, and a few weeks later reap the bounty. It really, REALLY doesn’t work like that!

Or the ones who have stockpiled a ton of gold and silver rounds, booze, and candy, figuring they will just barter for whatever they need after a collapse. While planning for trade isn’t a bad idea, sort of like hedging your bet, the whole point of prepping is to have what you need ahead of time rather than relying upon anyone else to have enough extra to share.

Or those who have invested in enough armaments to equip a small nation and plan to just…liberate…supplies as necessary from neighbors and such. This isn’t Hollywood and you aren’t Jason Statham or Dwayne Johnson.

Survival skills, like any other skill set, are perishable. They require regular practice to remain in good working order. Learn from your mistakes while you have the luxury of making them with little to no risk. Know your limitations while working to overcome them. Adjust your plans as you go along, taking into account your slowly increasing abilities. Think about it like this – a year from now, you’ll wish you’d started today.

Above all else, though, examine your plans with an objective eye and give some thought as to how realistic they are. Adjust and adapt as necessary.

3 thoughts on “Be Realistic

  1. I just found this blog & am enjoying it. This article is one that needs to be read. I’ve been realistic about survival for some time – I’m old, diabetic, & have a bum knee. No way I’m bugging out, but I don’t think in an “end of the world” type event I’d survive very long. But that’s OK – I’ve had a good run. 🙂

  2. Most plans aren’t realistic because most plans revolve around popular prepper and survivalist hype and myth, and most of that is suggested by “experts”.

    Fun bit about it is most of them are more interested in persuading the frightened to spend their money on what they list as the ultimate “must have” or pointless courses for things they are unlikely ever to come across.

    Once you get that, the next thought process is easy.
    Most experts are just entrepreneurs.
    Some have ‘skills’ but most are just looking at making money off other people’s fears.

    As for preppers being realistic?
    “When you hear hoof beats, think of horses, not zebras”
    Thus when you plan for Pandemics, Think flu not zombies.

    That and beware of the man stood before you saying
    ” I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” 😉

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