All things thought of, the most vital thing we can bring with us into any SHTF situation may be a positive mental attitude. Don’t laugh. Things are hard enough as it is once the proverbial snowball begins rolling downhill whether the triggering event is political, economic, environmental, or a mix of all three.
Many preparation and survival articles out there right now target specific things like the varied ways that to begin a fire or a way to survive in an urban setting or what plants are safe to eat. This information and the skills which go along with it are essential however without a positive attitude your probabilities of surviving astronomically plummet. Whether you rely on faith or are simply a naturally optimistic person, you need to realize how to see the light at the end of the tunnel. A SHTF scenario, despite why it occurred will be a shock to the bulk of people who live in this modern world and think about technology to do the most basic of things day in and day out.
The one struggle I see among friends and acquaintances that run and/or volunteer at animal rescues is that the unfortunate fact that they can’t save all. This can be a awfully depressing reality for them and it’ll be a person’s reality throughout a SHTF scenario. Coming to terms with it now and probably learning to detach alittle like those in the medical field should do so as to defend their psyche once viewing horrifying cases of man’s violence against man are going to be a requirement. You want to review your priorities. Understanding this as the new reality however having hope that it won’t last forever can get you through. Unfortunately, not everybody will be ready to maintain this sense of optimism through the worst of times. Do your best. If you have the means that and also the room, save alittle extra for people who could return to your door seeking facilitate, but understand your ability to assist isn’t as limitless as your temperament to assist. Even if you had a storage facility the dimensions of a mall and a farm on which to grow food, eventually, it’ll run out if you aren’t careful.
As much as I discuss attitude in this article, you’ll feel like I have a foul attitude regarding the future of the humankind but I don’t. I believe we are able to survive the approaching disaster – no matter it’s going to be – but not everybody will. Understanding this, knowing you’ve done your best to mitigate the losses within which you can influence, but able to face the reality that not most are going to make it through can enable you to maintain a PMA – Positive Mental Attitude. PMA doesn’t mean you’re all smiles and sunshine all the time. You’ll be unhappy, you’ll be pissed off, you’ll be afraid and you’ll get angry, but with PMA, you’ll be ready to soldier on. This can be a tough subject to broach and every individual will have to face these feelings in their own manner however we will support each other.
Take the time to read about how people created it through harmful circumstances like the Balkan War or the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. The chips were down as so much as they may go but those who survived and created it through to the other side ne’er gave up. It should not have always been obvious but they’d their Positive Mental Attitudes tucked away tightly within the corner of their brains most likely set to auto-pilot, but it had been there. There are more examples I might list but these are two which I recently read up on.
Being prepared doesn’t only mean you’ve stocked back enough food, water filtration provides and good old toilet paper not does it mean you’ve learned defense techniques or the way to grow a garden in buckets on a rooftop, it also means that you’ve got prepared yourself mentally. After we come out of the other end of the dark tunnel of the SHTF event, we’ll not be a similar. We will carry physical and emotional scars. We’ll experience posttraumatic stress disorder. Understand this and be ready to deal with it. And please, if you’re in better shape than most, cut some slack to those who aren’t. We each deal with things in our own manner and a few are more capable of handling things better than others.
An overly optimistic view of the coming event may see us hearken back to days of rationing like occurred during each the first and Second Warfare in the United States and in Europe. Limiting portions of the basics such as sugar, flour, coffee and fuel. Learning to make and make do everywhere once more – which might be a shock in itself to some generations particularly those who’ve ne’er known a time when there wasn’t enough. An overly pessimistic view would be to suppose the coming event would see everything fall apart like in Cormac McCarthys books. I believe it’d be powerful to permit myself to think that’s our eventual destination. Personally, tho’ it had a moment of light at the end, that book came across to me as a group of people who have given up. The nameless man and boy during this story go on, refusing to simply sit down and die however they do not see any light at the end of the tunnel. They just continue because it’s become a habit. I’d prefer to think things won’t get that bad. That we won’t have to resort to eating individuals for sustenance. I’ll not permit myself to believe that it’ll get that bad, however, if it does, i’ll reach far down inside myself to search out the last scrap of PMA I actually have and hold on to it for dear life for I know, as long as I awaken each morning there’s hope. As long as we don’t lose our humanity, there’s hope.
In the history of the human experience, we’ve got been a pretty resilient ton surviving wars, environmental catastrophes and illness. We are stronger than we all know and after we make it to the other side, I hope that history will keep in mind those people who did.