I never understood the negative stigma of “Preppers”. I guess because I have always thought ahead in terms of my family, home and life in general. As a 21 year Navy Veteran, ‘planning ahead” has been a part of my daily life.
When my wife and I were just starting out with no children, we always thought ahead in terms of our life, jobs, or where we would be living in 5 years. It doesn’t take that much effort to plan. Now with 4 children, 3 still at home, it makes even more sense to look forward and determine what our course will be. Here are a few simple steps
Have the conversation. Talk with your spouse and family about the future. Most families talk every day about school, work, plans for the weekend or what’s on TV. Extend the conversation to next week. Ask those same questions. What will be for dinner? Will your job involve anything different or any changes? What are the kids going to be involved activities after school? What needs to happen so those things are seamless? Now, push the envelope further. What will be doing next month? What needs to happen to ensure plans are not interrupted? You see the context of the conversations changes. What might be easily completed in a daily outlook might be a little more complex if it is a month away. For example, how can we save or put away money now to make sure we can do that activity next month?
Realize you are part of something bigger. It’s not as complicated as it seems. It takes a consorted effort to look at your family and surroundings in terms of the bigger picture. City, State, Country. As you study events with a larger lens, it becomes apparent; the days of isolation are over. A hundred years ago, when something needed to be done around the farm or house, it was done by the family. Repairing a fence, milking cows, feeding animals the list is endless. Neighbors weren’t so close you could reach out and touch their house. Our society has changed to a place where a man or woman doesn’t have to know how to do everything. If your car breaks, you take it to a mechanic, if you have electrical outage, you call the electric company.
Look for opportunities to talk about it and living it. Talking about it helps to give your family the mindset of a prepper. The lack of multiple skill sets within a family has made us dependent upon others. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Prepper mindset is similar, with one exception. Instead of looking to others for a fix or solution, we should look to others in order to offer our services and abilities. Build relationships and a network of skills, and knowledge, resources to provide a mutually beneficial environment.
Author Bio: Toby Liam is 52 years old and has been married for 19 years. He is a father of 4 and he retired from the US Navy in 2000 after 21 years of service. He spent 11 years as a Defense Contractor before changing careers to Restaurant Management. He is currently opening his own restaurant. He enjoys everything outdoors and currently has two horses and a dog.