Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Weren’t we celebrating the 4th of July a few weeks ago? November has the ability to pull me out of my busy life, make me stop and reflect upon what I am thankful for. The ease of online banking, Netflix and my microwave rank pretty high on my list. As preppers, don’t we tend to look at our lives with a broader vision? Below are 10 things I think most preppers are thankful for. I would love to hear what is on your “thankful” list.
- Other preppers — We are a great community of like-minded people who love to learn, especially from each other. Look back at the beginning of your prepping journey, weren’t there people that helped you along the way? The preppers I know, are always willing to learn and teach.
- Freedom — Many countries have such harsh restrictions that prepping is more of a challenge for their citizens. Though we may all have our opinions about how things should be done in Washington, when compared to many other countries, we have it so good.
- The internet — Where else can you learn which leaves make the best toilet paper in less than 2 seconds? In just 2.3 seconds a world of information is at our fingertips. Also, we have the ability to then share this gem of knowledge with hundreds of thousands of other people. Many preppers and Survival Moms have connected with others around the world, sharing ideas, asking questions, and being supportive. That’s amazing.
- Mistakes — Haven’t we all made them? Being a prepper, they are a valuable experience. How else do we learn? What is even better is learning from mistakes that others make! Each time we make a mistake, we become better prepared because of the experience and knowledge gained.
- Amazon and the wonders of Prime — We have all done it, shopping late at night on Amazon. The perfect preparedness gadget that we can’t live out is there, picture perfect. How cool is it that at the click of a mouse we can have what we want, paid for, and on its way to our doorstep? I’ve found that my Amazon Prime membership pays for itself over and over and over during the year. Brief sales pitch here: sign up for a free 30-day trial, do all your holiday shopping using the Prime benefits, and then decide if you want to pay the annual fee or not.
- Medical advancements and knowledge — Lives are being saved, surgeries are safer, new medicines and therapies are being discovered. As a prepper, we can take care of ourselves and those around us better. Just recently, the Survival Mom had a total hip replacement! She had worried about not being physically able to evacuate or run away from danger, but just 2 weeks after the surgery, she was walking around, feeling stronger than ever. Thank God for modern medicine and medical technology!
- Family and friends — They can drive us a little bit crazy sometimes, but we love them. They are the reason we hope a disaster doesn’t happen but prepare as if it will. If you’re worried about holiday get-togethers with family, maybe the tips in this article might help!
- The news — Yes, the news. It reminds us of all the reasons that we need to be self-reliant. Whether we read about political or civil unrest, hurricanes, earthquakes or the economy, we are reminded of what could happen and it nudges us to continue prepping. In a weird way, the bad news is actually good for us if we use it to better prepare ourselves.
- Freebies (or close to it) — Those little treasures that people give me or I find at a thrift store really make my week! I am always amazed at what people part with. If it is a prep item, awesome! If not, it has still saved me money! This handy list has dozens of different prepper and survival related items to look for at thrift shops and yard sales.
- Opportunity — We have an abundance of opportunities to prepare ourselves and our loved ones and pursue the life we dream of. We can get an education, choose our own profession, worship as we feel, fail every now and then, and be able to try again.
What are you most thankful for this holiday season?