Sometimes there’s an unfortunate association between preparedness (to be prepared) – and fear, worry, or even paranoia.
Some personalities do excessively give in to these emotions (fear, worry). However, I’m here to tell you that from my point of view, preparedness and prepping has much more to do with personal internal traits of confidence, self-reliance, critical thinking, awareness, problem solving, mitigation, assuredness, and more…
Preparedness and sensibility go together. Survivalism, Prepping & Preparedness – it is simply logical (or should be) within the core of our being. We have an inherent instinctive will to survive. And we have built-in ‘sensors’, thresholds, that trigger us to act accordingly.
Awareness, discernment, risk management and mitigation.
The Fear of Not Being Prepared
Don’t be fearful. Don’t give in to it.
Be concerned. Not fearful.
Attentive. Not scared.
Informed. Not worried.
Be prepared. Not Assuming.
Fear is a very powerful motivator. Relative to preparedness however, it’s not about fear. It’s about avoiding a potentially fearful situation.
Nonstop Fear Propaganda
Here we are in the last half of 2021. I am so disgusted with the constant non-stop fear-driven propaganda spewing forth from the mainstream news and other outlets. I mean, drum beat… never ending fear. Pounding, pounding…
I have never, ever, witnessed so much fear-mongering in my life. And I believe those of us who recognize it as such, should refocus on the positive constructive things we can do for ourselves and our own situations. You and I cannot save the world. Rather, we can save ourselves.
I do not accept their fear mongering. I am not afraid. Not only does fear “sell”, but it is used to CONTROL YOU. Stop that! Shut them off. Shut them out. Ignore them. I switched them off quite some time ago and it has positively affected my outlook.
Why am I not afraid?
Because I am into preparedness does not make me a fearful person. On the contrary, I am unafraid. I am confident.
Why am I not fearful? Because I know that I can Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.
Why am I not scared? Because I have a reasonable reserve of life-sustaining resources. I have plans for mitigating potentially bad situations that might otherwise put me in a more precarious position.
How is it that I am not worried? Because of due diligence to being informed as best I can. I identify potential risks, hypothetically play them out to discover how I might be impacted, make a plan, act on the plan, and then sleep well at night.
Some may mistake preparedness actions as paranoid response. Instead it is based upon logical skepticism, perhaps of apparent smooth running systems – especially when life depends upon it. No, that’s not paranoia. It is freethinking self preservation.
Because I have a preparedness mindset, am I different from most other people? Unfortunately, it seems so, yes. A lifestyle of preparedness. It was once quite normal. Today however, the people have been trained otherwise.
Be prepared Not scared.
It is the evil within human nature which drives the tyrant to control you. And how do they do that? Well, a primary tool is FEAR! To instill fear into your soul. Today, as of this time during 2021, we have nearly reached the point of no return in this regard. The public at large is seemingly scared out of their friggin minds. Those of us who have the ability to think critically, we know why, and how. It’s just a fact that many are easily controlled. Just the way it is.
So instead of falling for the fear, or instead of shouting back at the ‘talking head’ on the TV screen, I simply recognize it all as such. Instead of complaining about it (which is sometimes difficult to refrain), I prepare with contingencies for what may come our way. To be personally prepared. To be healthy. Educated about prevention. Common sensible measures.
You will be happier…
Although we cannot stop the train barreling down the tracks, so to speak, we can get out of the way. Sometimes there’s no saving those who won’t get off the tracks. So, save yourself. Be prepared. Once you step out of the way and accept the way things are, well, you will be happier.
Shut off the sources of fear. You can do this, while still remaining informed.