Believe it or not, I’m not a worrywart, and in spite of all my research and preparing, I still like to dawdle. Whenever my back isn’t to the wall, whenever I don’t have a deadline, that’s what I do. Dawdle.
Last week I was talking with a new prepper friend, and she made the comment, “I think we have about a year before everything collapses.” Just a few days later I received an email from someone who voiced the same sentiment. “I think we have until next summer to prepare and then things will fall apart in the fall.”
Is this some kind of prophecy?
Now, neither of these people are prophets nor do I believe they have any inside information. What they do have, is a deadline in mind, and it’s propelling them to work steadfastly toward being prepared. This, I’ve realized, has been one of my shortcomings. With world and national events on a continual rollercoaster, it’s been hard to gauge just how much time we have to prepare, so I’ve reverted to my natural state of … dawdling! I guess it’s my default setting!
So, here’s my tip for maintaining a preparedness mindset. Prepare as though you have about one year to be ready. Ready for what? Well, for some people, you’ll be ready just in time for the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012. Others believe our economy is in non-stop spiral downward and next fall is when we’ll see the stock market plummet, for good. Whatever it is you’re planning for, keep this time frame in mind.
The dilemma of living in two worlds
This may sound obvious, to prepare for hard times, but preppers live in two worlds. We live in a world where not much has changed. People are still shopping, eating out, going to work, doing laundry and paying bills. It’s this world that attracts so much of our attention because, let’s face it. We do have to go grocery shopping and get to the job each morning. That laundry isn’t going to take care of itself and those darn bills had better be paid, or else!
However, our second world keeps us focused, in part, on dangerous current events around the world, the price of gold and silver, and gauging about how much time we have until the S, however you define it, hits the fan. It’s in this world that we learn how to store and purify water, the legality of using concertina wire around our homes, and keeping track of the stockpile of ammo!
Trying to stay focused on both worlds, is no easy task. In order to be prepared for what is to come, we have to walk a tightrope between these two worlds, and having a goal in mind may be just the thing to keep you moving along and staying balanced. So, prepare as though you have about one year. And try not to dawdle, or worry!