Monday, February 22, 2010

Real Life Survivalism

One thing I hate about most of the survivalist blogs is that they are so focused on "The End Of The World As We Know It" (TEOTWAWKI) which doesn't exactly happen very often, but they never talk about the important things.

What about the end of the world as you know it? Not some societal collapse scenario where everyone has to go all Rambo out in the woods.

What about losing your job and finding out nothing you know is valuable any more? And even if you can go back to school, you notice that all the companies want 5+ years of experience.

What about being a small business owner and you and your spouse being in a car crash and spending a month in the hospital and a year in physical therapy with medical bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars?

How about something even more likely; your car or a major appliance breaks down and needs replacement. We all know that home appliances only last about 10 years before they are designed to die, planned obsolescence you know.

These are the kind of things to get ready for, replacing an appliance, fixing the car, getting by when a job is lost.

And how do you prepare for these real life things? Pay off your debts, have insurance, save up an emergency fund, store some food, plant a garden, learn some new skills, find your passion.