Survival preparedness, or practical-sensible-prepping, can be as simple, or in-depth, that you make it to be. Regardless, we all have our favorite parts (aspects) of prepping & preparedness, right? I thought I would mention some of my own…
Some people take it all pretty seriously. Others, casually. I believe it does the world good to at least do ‘something’ in this regard. More self-reliant people translates to a better world, in my opinion. So I don’t judge anyone by the extent at which they’ve taken prepping and preparedness. It’s all good…
Regardless of the extent, we all have our favorite areas of interest when it comes to prepping. We tend to spend more time working on that thing (or those things). Why? Because we enjoy it, whatever “it” is.
My Underlying Motivation For Prepping
Motivation. It’s what gets us started. Gets us going. Sometimes motivation comes from necessity. Or even fear. You need to do it, or else…
However, often times motivation comes out of personal interest. A desire to do it, just because you like it, or think you might like it.
I would say my foundational level motivation is a desire to be self reliant to the extent that I can be. That’s different from self-sufficient (which is good too). But self-reliance is simply relying on yourself (for whatever). For me, it just feels good. I get tremendous satisfaction from this process. I can’t explain why. I just do.
I believe the desire to be self-reliant is a perfect match for prepping & survival preparedness. There are literally so many projects in this realm, that it could become a lifetime process, or a lifestyle itself. That’s kind of where I’m at today.
A lifestyle, while at the same time functioning perfectly well in today’s modern (and uncertain!) world. I just feel like I’m more ‘ready’ than most others. And that’s a good feeling (at least for me). I would say this is my foundation for all the rest.
A Man’s Castle
Sorry if that’s not ‘woke’. Must include the phrase “A Lady’s Castle”? And however many other genders there are today according to the ‘woke’ crowd? (hahaha, but I digress)…
Okay, you know what I mean (at least if you’re over 40). A man’s castle. I suppose many of us spend a lifetime building our metaphoric castle. Right now I’m working on adding enough alligators to the moat, and finishing touches on pulling up the drawbridge (haha).
All joking aside (sort of), here are some of my favorite aspects to prepping and preparedness.
One of my favorite areas having to do with preparedness is alternative energy. My education, background, and work experience lends itself to this category (among others). Electro-mechanical, if you will…
Off-Grid self-sustaining solar power. Being prepared for most any length of “grid down”. It has been one of my favorite aspects of preparedness.
Although that project is done (apart from occasional tweaks, maintenance, or wishful upgrades), it was my first project that I undertook after having moved to my current location. I also did one at my previous home location, although a much lesser scale.
I did the entire project myself, and custom-built solar panel ground mounts. I really enjoyed doing it. The final results brought great satisfaction and peace-of-mind. (That foundational feeling of self-reliance I suppose).
One day along the journey, I felt that I had reached an approximate milestone of a one-year food supply for myself and Mrs.J. It had been a slow and steady project. I had made some $$ mistakes along the way, but I corrected them upon realization.
Except for designated long term food storage, I have a pretty good system of first-in first-out food cycling within our freezers and food on our shelves. It works. I always have at least a 1+ year cushion of food stuffs.
I have since increased that time frame to some extent, while also working on successful methods of self-sustaining food production efforts (and food preservation methods) from the yield of our gardens.
It simply feels wonderfully satisfying to know that you have all that food capacity, especially during today’s uncertain times of shortages! It’s great peace-of-mind. Again, falling back on that feeling of self-reliance.
I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve always had some interest in security. Well I suppose we all do, right? To be secure in one’s person and property? I guess it’s stronger in my interests than some others.
I have enjoyed addressing the various aspects of personal and home security for myself, my homestead, my property. These all can be addressed and mitigated in multiple ways, and it’s just, well, fun. Why? When I think about it, I suppose it’s that feeling of being ‘snug as a bug in a rug’. The castle thing? Hmmm…
I dunno, it just make me feel, secure. Safe. Self reliant.
Your Favorite Aspects of Prepping & Preparedness
So that was three examples of my favorite parts of survival preparedness and prepping. There’s more too!
However, it’s different for everyone. There are many topics within the genre of preparedness. Some people may find one or two particular topics especially interesting and enjoyable. While others, not so much. That’s just the way it is. We all have our unique interests.
What are YOUR favorite areas having to do with preparedness? What do you ENJOY doing in this regard?
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