After yesterday’s post, you may have learned that in some way or another you are already a prepper. And owning that may make you ready to take the next step into making a plan. If that’s true, awesome, but before you head out into the world and start stocking up on canned goods and ammunition, I’d like to recommend that you stop and take a moment. Take a look around your home or office, and ask yourself a couple of questions:
- Why do I want to start or expand my prepping?
- What am I prepping for?
- Whose safety am I hoping to protect?
- Where and how do I start?
Try not to ask these questions casually or flippantly. Don’t just jot down the first thing that pops into your brain. Or rather, do, but once you have, really sit with it. There is often hidden depth behind a simple answer, and it’s the truth within those depths that will help you figure out the most important place to start.
For example, one simple answer to question number one is “so I’m ready in case of emergency,” but what emergency? Perhaps the truth behind that simple answer is that you are worried about what might happen to your daughter if an earthquake shut down power and you couldn’t refill her asthma medication. Or, maybe, when you were a kid you lived next door to a house that caught fire, and ever since you’ve been afraid of being trapped in a burning building yourself.
Giving your worries and fears space to speak is the first step in overcoming them and will give you clues about where to start. It will also help keep you motivated through the process.
Grounding yourself in what needs to be done and who you’re doing it for is the best way to make sure that you’re creating a solid plan and practice that works, and not just spending money on weak insurance that might not pay out when you need it most.