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Whats Happening to prepping?



Re: what's happening with prepping
PostSun May 27, 2018 1:26 am

People feel alone even in some groups. Almost every prepper I know only has one true prepper in the family. Most "groups" prep separately as well like Denob was saying. Something to the tune of making agreements. 

All this means is everyone preps alone and family/ friends/ work and the need for leisure get in the way. People could do things 10 X faster as a community/ MAG But most only have 2 weeks vacation and fight so hard just to survive that driving hours to see someone you nearly know and actually work hard GSD for something that most likely won't last is just not worth it.

So people do what they can alone and don't worry of the odd chance TEOTWAWKI might happen. Prepping is always something to be redone and improved. Then SHTF happens like a job slow down/ illness and you actually use your preps. Food/ water storage goes down, wood gets sold to help someone, car gets old, house needs repairs, other aspects of prepping seem more important and take your time. 

Your ashamed of your current state of prepping and hide it. If people meet. They'll meet in restaurants or some brave souls house that's up to date with his prepping. I've even seen cases where we're over for a meeting and they say their preppers but show nothing of prepping besides a gun and a whole lot of talking.

I was mostly speaking of myself for the prepping and life on a homestead is amazing and exhaustive. I find myself making time in lue of sleep for family life. Attitude sucks when I'm exhausted which seems to happen a lot lately. Sometimes a brave face and the will to GSD Just don't seem to be enough. I'm always hopeful that one day I'll be in the group that actually physically helps eachother with time or money. You really just want a brother in arms to fight with you.; and you him. But you'll take anything you can get. 

We can get through 3-6 months but would have no pleasure doing so. I prep so my family/ friends don't suffer in an emergency situation but I'm failing as of late. Everyone's busy playing real life monopoly or " living for today". Working overtime/ activities 4 days a week/ do less overtime and get more done but no money to continue advancing. Your community needs you. So you volunteer/ help friends. Sleep is little or non existent. Kids say your never home/ don't have time.

I knew this was going to be a negative post but I want you guys to know your not alone! 

Time to Maximize efficiency and especially those mornings/ evenings I'm off with no activities for the kids. No sacrifice! No victory!

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I am finding myself slacking with my preps trying to get ThriveThrough going so that others can find each other, build MAG's, and advance their preps. Hopefully, this will pay off and many more people will be prepared. Then I can get back to advancing my preps further than I currently am. 

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     I didn't find the OP as negative. Shared/mutual feelings definitely! I was on a great path and able to GSD in lots of areas. Prepping was never a new idea to me. My family had always done it and we just didn't have a name for it. Having stores of supplies, rotating stock, and long term thinking were just the way to do things. The MAG was my family - uncles, cousins, and neighbors. However, the loss of my grandfather saw that come to an end through some internal disagreements, and errant children (my generation). I've been trying to put those pieces back together for the last several years as one of the "older" kids that saw and really experienced what we used to be. One or two were coming back to the fold and then off to AFG I went. 

     Simple things that I was on task with went out the window - ground prep for my current bugout and future home property, maintaining ever increasing stores of food, teaching and experiencing things with my kids as they grow up, etc. I was REALLY off track at first. I had a radical change in location (from NM to DC to AFG)) and total loss of access to my previous resources. As I slowly get back to that state (puns abound), I have worked on other areas - I learned a new language (1+ in Dari), I'm still practicing my gardening (underneath my bunk here in AFG) and teaching those skills to my Afghan counterparts. Scrounging around the base looking for items to build a garden plot has been interesting, Teaching (very trying in a new language) has been reinforcing my own understanding of topics and I keep adding to the plans and outlining what I need to get done. Although most of it is on paper, I am regaining focus and the plan continues to solidify. The greatest frustration is the loss of time with the ground prep - it COULD have been building more resilient soil and base infrastructure if I had only two more months before I left (in 2015) and I would be returning to a somewhat thriving base. Although, I don't feel overly angry about it because I was pushing the envelope then and know it wasn't because I was BSing and just didn't get it done.

     It is tough to keep the frustration from getting in the way, but groups like this here and Jack's podcast have been invaluable to keeping the focus. It did help to hear that I'm not the only one. It does help to hear that others are getting through it and the ways we are all doing so. Fortunately, living a better way "if things get tough or even if they don't" resonates deeply with me. Understanding that things can be executed incrementally has taken the greater stress off of not getting something done as long as I can keep chipping away at the overall plan. The greater my self reliance becomes, the greater I feel. It's also a driving factor in working with others to get them to experience the same personal relief when you have "x" level of preps. An extra pack of batteries, week of food, proper tools in the car, skill set to do something themselves, etc has shown the light for lots of friends and served as building blocks for their lives as well.

Josiah's (and many others) efforts (and sacrifices) aren't going unnoticed. I greatly appreciate those efforts and look forward to contributing to group.

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Thank you for your service and your fighting spirit! I'm an army brat and know what it's like to have a father in Croatia doing what he needs to do to keep his troops and his family safe.

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