The essence of survival is not surviving. It is living a better life. Even if its just packing a basic wilderness survival kit in case you get lost in the woods, the point is that its always about getting to somewhere better. I think that a lot of “survivalists” or “preppers” have been getting burnout lately. They have also been burned out by a lot of trolls on the internet. Why are you even listening to them? You know that what you’re doing is helping yourself live a better life and build redundancy into it. If you’re telling others, you’re helping them do the same.
Another falsehood I have seen invading the “prepper movement” is this insistence on gathering up as much stuff as possible and sitting on it waiting for the “end.” To me this is foolishness. While it is of course wise to store food, water, ammo, etc these things are not enough. Systems of self sufficiency as well as self reliance. Building true wealth in the form of systems which produce are the key to a better life and more redundancy.
There is also a lot of negativity coming from and to the prepper community lately. This negativity is in the form of news reports that people are looking at instead of looking to improve there lives. Don’t focus on the events, focus on constant improvement of your lives and your systems.
Survival comes in levels. Level 0 is your basic needs for the immediate future. The 3 day supply kit is a level 0 item. Then there is level 1 with about a month to 3 months of those basic needs. Higher levels require not only the storage of such needs, but some percentage of the ability to produce those. Having a garden, some solar panels, and rain barrels for rain collection would bring up your self sufficiency as opposed to self reliance.
So this year, focus on avoiding the negativity and simply building self sufficiency.
What are some ways you can increase your self sufficiency in 2012?