I was at Walmart unloading half the pharmacy onto the conveyer belt, and didn’t realize how odd everything looked until the cashier marveled, “Wow, everyone in your house must be sick!”
I shrugged as she scanned the stack of over-the-counter meds, boxes of Kleenex, and the obvious comfort foods, “Nope, we’re not sick. I’m just buying insurance!”
The cashier seemed genuinely curious, so I explained to her about the year when my entire family had caught the flu together. After that experience, I had sworn to NEVER AGAIN be caught unprepared, with a bare cabinet.
Prepping is No Different than Buying Insurance.
There are very few naysayers when it comes to buying auto, home, or medical insurance. The average American household spends thousands annually on their premiums to prepare against unexpected emergencies. Most would agree that having insurance to pay for a potential fire, burglary, or collision is not considered fear mongering.
Rarely are people scorned for saving their money. It is common sense to have a savings account, or cash tucked away for potential set-backs like needing a vet, or for calling the plumber.
Most people do not dispute the wisdom in buying life insurance as there is a 100% chance that they or their loved ones will eventually die. For those who can afford it, having life insurance for the family is considered a peace of mind.
Prepping is Common Sense
Many animals instinctively know to store their food for later. Through a pattern called scatter hoarding, some squirrels hide their food in numerous locations. This way if another squirrel or animal finds their stash, they will have food for themselves later.
Naysayers are like grasshoppers. The ant works hard all year long to store up for the winter, while the grasshopper mocks and gathers nothing. When hard times hit, the grasshopper starves and comes to the ant for aid.
The moral to the story is that it is important to prep for the winter.
Some of us will face a harsher winter than others, whether through illness, a storm, or unemployment.
Which will you be, the naysayer or the prepper?
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