If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that there is a key date coming up later this month…December 21, 2012. Depending on who you talk to, this date represents everything from a rare and magnificent galactic alignment of heavenly bodies, to a great awakening of consciousness, even the apocalyptic end of the world. All tied to an ancient Mayan prophecy in one way or another. Others just know it as Friday.
Regardless of what you think about the date, the fact that it is so specific got me to thinking about disaster on a timeline, whether or not that would impact me as someone that already practices a life of preparedness and if it did, how would I act or prepare differently.
For me, I don’t believe it would make that much difference. We adopted a preparedness lifestyle years ago and do our best to improve our level of readiness every day. Suddenly finding out that there was a zombie alien landing scheduled for 3:45 pm next Thursday wouldn’t change anything for us. It would however, trigger a vigorous assessment of our current plans as we processed the new information. From there, we would adapt accordingly and do the best we could as we moved forward.
But, that’s us. We’re already working towards a level of preparedness that we have determined is appropriate for our family and our situation. What about you? What are you preparing for? On the other hand, what if you’re not already well on your way to being ready for zombie aliens, or any other life altering event for that matter? What if you’ve done virtually nothing to be ready to deal with an emergency situation, whether it’s on a global, national, regional or local scale? What if you haven’t taken the steps necessary to insulate yourself against even an unexpected upheaval in your personal life like a serious injury to you or a family member or the loss of a job? What if you knew ahead of time that this tumult was coming? Would that knowledge motivate you to change your behavior? Of course it would. The question is, why not save yourself some stress and headache and go ahead and take some basic steps to mitigate the impacts of any emergency that may come to you down the road?
Really, what difference does it make if you know when the “big bad” is going to show up? If you would fight the crowds to get the supplies you and your family would need in the chaos of the moment that will surely accompany any such event, why not prepare now to remove yourself from the panic equation later? By getting your ducks in a row today, you will be free to assess the situation, then adapt and implement your plans that were made without the proverbial gun to your head with a clear purpose in the moment and greatly increase your ability to make it through to the other side of any future emergency event.
This also brings up the issue of event specific preparedness. Do you feel you need a target event to motivate you to get prepared? I can understand this way of thinking, to a point. Who hasn’t watched a zombie or natural disaster movie and wondered to themselves, “What if that was me?” or “What would I do in that situation?” A good movie or a well written book or even an interesting blog post (wink) can easily serve as the spark that gets you started on your journey to preparedness and I’m all for it. Hey, whatever it takes to get you on the road to ready. But does that mean that you should limit your preparedness to focus on a singular event? I wouldn’t recommend it. From our point of view, the bottom line goal is to strive to live a prepared lifestyle. This is what we’re comfortable with and it works for our family. The bright side to this approach is that if you’re doing it right, you’ll be more ready for anything that comes your way and you will have achieved that new lot in life without turning your world upside down in the process. By simply accounting for each of the basic tenets of preparedness…shelter, water, food, fire, communications/defense and psychological readiness…in you every day life with an eye towards setting yourself up to maintain these in the future, we believe you will be ready to deal with and overcome whatever may come your way, including zombie aliens.
So, why not get started today? We love zombies! We love aliens. Shoot, we dig the Mayans, too. Whatever feeds your fire and motivates you to get prepared, we’re all for it. Just get started. You’ll be well on your way to ready before you know it and I’m betting you’ll be surprised at how satisfying your journey will be along the way.
We would love to know what motivates you to get prepared, or hear stories of successes or failures you have experienced on your road to ready. Share with us by leaving a comment below or reach out to us on twitter @PracTac4U. We are growing and learning in our preparedness every day and we can’t wait to hear from you. Take care out there.
There are many angles to consider along your journey to becoming truly prepared and more self-reliant, and home gardening is certainly a staple of our preparedness plan. You don’t have to be a full time farmer with hundreds of acres to be an accomplished gardener and you don’t have to make a living playing in the dirt to make gardening worth your while. Although we grew up “country” and were around family gardens as children, we had gotten away from vegetable gardening as adults. We made the choice to get back into home gardening a couple of years ago and are very happy that we did. Our garden plot and our crop yields just get larger and larger each year, but they pale in comparison to the amount of joy and fulfillment we get from our efforts. We have found that the quality time spent working together in the garden has been more rewarding than we could have ever imagined.
Recently UnderCurrent Atlanta, a small production company here in our area, came out and did a feature on me and Alice and our home gardening experiences. We are very thankful for their interest and for the opportunity to spread the word about an activity that we find to be an absolutely worthwhile endeavor. We think it turned out pretty good and we are thrilled to be able to share it with you here.
There are numerous facets to gardening at home like simply getting started, tending to your garden, harvesting, canning, preserving and on and on. Much like tackling personal preparedness starting a garden can seem overwhelming at first, but rest assured that you can do it. Here at Practical Tactical, we want to assist you in any way we can, so please reach out to us with any questions you may have.
Whether rounding out your preparedness plan or just looking for a rewarding hobby, we hope you will look into home gardening as an option for you and your family. We believe you will not be disappointed. Home gardening is so rewarding in so many ways, so get out there and play in the dirt when the next growing season rolls around and see what you can grow. Worst case, you’ll make some great memories and have a ton of fun!
Finally, a huge “Thank you!” to Mike Payne, Garland Nealy and the rest of the good people at UnderCurrent Atlanta for treating us so well. We appreciate all they did to make this happen as well as all the good work they are doing to shine a light on the character(s) in our community that make it such a rich and vibrant place. We certainly hope to work with them again very soon. Be sure to check them out on Facebook today!