Why I prepare
Preparing does not mean that you are looking forward to disaster, it means you have enough foresight to realise that things can sometimes go wrong. As a family we started our preparation with plans for evacuation should a bushfire threaten our home. Due to the severity and frequency of bushfires we felt that this was a wise precaution. Since then our plans have extended and we are preparing for more remote possibilities which could have an effect on us, without going to extremes. We planned to increase the size of our food supplies so that we can thrive without visiting the supermarket for at least 3 months. This was not difficult to achieve as it only meant buying a few extra of things that we purchase every week. You may be surprised at how quickly this can add up with such a small amount of outlay. A light bulb blows? Not a disaster, yet still an inconvenience. This is not a problem as we have extra bulbs in a cupboard. When a power failure occurs we have torches ready, glow sticks for the kids, and a way to power our television, water pump and fridge so that we almost don’t notice the difference. Preparing can be enjoyable and can also be a great way to spend time with the family. My children and I spend time in the garden together discussing nature. When I butcher an animal my children are interested in the anatomy of the animal, which I explain and show to them. As my children know where their food comes from I feel that they have more of an appreciation for it. When one of my children doesn’t want to eat their meal I explain to them that an animal died so that we can eat and we should respect that by using all that we can.
Preparing also is an excellent past time that has a positive influence on your life and the life of your family. Putting aside the sense of safety and satisfaction that one experiences when you are confident that you have protected your family, it also provides you with other benefits. Learning crafts and skills which our forefathers once employed to survive is both interesting from an educational point of view and also allows us to understand our ancestors. It is very easy to forget how difficult life was for our forebears. By learning and practicing skills which were once common we can truly appreciate modern society and also ensure such skills are never forgotten.
I hope that above has convinced you that preparing is a logical and realistic response to the unpredictable world in which we live. Even the most rudimentary steps towards self-reliance would provide a person with a level of contingency above the current norm and do a lot to relieve our over-burdened systems.
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