Ever wonder how emotionally and mentally strong you are? Do you know how you would react in a worst case scenario? Are you prepared for the stress of living out of your comfort zone if a worse case situation materializes? We preppers are gathering, learning and preparing in case any number of “bad” circumstances become reality – economic collapse being one of the most likely. But, how are you preparing yourself to deal emotionally for living some new lifestyle we all seem to be hurriedly and worriedly prepping for?
We’ve launched our sailboat on the high seas heading south towards the Florida Keys or somewhere thereabout. Normally, people head south in the fall of the year when weather provides a good wind from the northwest. They head north in the spring when warm winds blow. Not us, we heard a storm was brewing that could put a northwest wind in our sails and blow us a ways south.
This grandma has been around for awhile and seen a lot of things. I consider myself a very seasoned person who has endured many of life’s roughest challenges, annealed in the furnace of life’s trials. I’ve seen life’s rough seas….
We passed the last way out of the ocean to get to anything resembling a safe harbor and knew there would be nothing for thirty miles. What’s thirty miles? Well, when you travel at approximately 5 or 5.5 mph then it’s a lot farther than you’d expect. And it wouldn’t have been bad had the wind not turned from the northwest to north and then to the northeast and built gigantic waves that kept overtaking us. Had Grandpa not been a salty sea sailor I really don’t know what would have happened to us had he not been able to get us into a safe harbor that provided us shelter from the roaring waves and strong winds. In the worst of it, I found myself scared silly. Quite fearful really. And it is with great reluctance that I even tell this on myself, but I think it is something you need to consider.
When times get hard and you are “out of your comfort zone” whether it is a natural disaster playing out over a period of a few days, a new lifestyle you find yourself thrust into that is without the basics you’ve become used to for months, (maybe years on end) or, like me, when circumstances are such that you could lose everything you have, even your life, stress builds and emotionally you can be a wreck.
You know things are pretty good in the USA. We have the highest standard of living in the world, far better than most of people living today on this earth, but for some reason we are not emotionally tough anymore. Suicide has passed car accidents in number of deaths yearly, a third of working people are suffering from chronic debilitating stress, and over 10% of all Americans over the age of 12 are currently on SSRI antidepressant drugs. These are some serious indicators that we Americans like it easy and good, and here we preppers are preparing for tough times. Are we really up to the challenge emotionally for what lays ahead?
We’d better toughen up. It’s impossible to gather enough “stuff” together to live life just the same way after the dollar crashes as we are living now. Oh, society will regroup but these things take time, possibly a generation or two… or longer. In the time it takes for things to establish a new normal in our lives, we will have to learn to do things differently. We will work differently, we will have different expectations. But one thing is for certain, we will have to deal with stressful emotions.
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