Let’s face it, there are a whole pile of reasons that the average American should prepare for uncertain times and natural disasters. Maybe you live in a hurricane/earthquake prone area, maybe you’re worried an EMP will strike, maybe deadly pandemics concern you or maybe it’s oil shortages. There are plenty of reasons to take reasonable, rational levels steps toward self-reliance and preparedness; but eventually, when you’re opening your wallet or writing a check for bulk food, water storage containers or general survival equipment, if you’re like me, you’ll end up asking yourself the question again – why?
Perhaps it’s not even money that prompts the question. Maybe it’s a neighbor, friend or family member that looks at your buckets of hard wheat and says, “Dude … why?” You can deliver all of the reasons, explain society’s dependence on just-in-time delivery, or talk about peak oil, but you still might get that skeptical stare.
“Everyone needs a hobby” is how the saying goes. Tell them prepping is yours.
Tell them you could collect stamps, baseball cards or whittle wood, but that’s not for you. Tell them you could spend your time sitting in front of the boob tube letting your mind melt or you could be tinkering with survival gear and reading preparedness books. Tell them you could lose your spare change playing poker every week or you could use the money to stock up on wool blankets or to buy a pressure cooker. Tell them you could spend your internet time surfing survival sites like SHTF Blog or you could spend your time surfing … other sites …
Then ask them what their hobby is.
Prepping is also a hobby that begets hobbies. What other hobby is going to put you outside in the summer and turn gardening into a hobby? What other hobby will get you to the shooting range and turn target practice into a hobby? Hunting as a hobby. Hiking as a hobby. Animal handling as a hobby.
Got a hobby? Everyone needs a hobby. Get a survival hobby.
– Ranger Man
BTW: On the subject of oil shortages, here’s a fresh article: Former oil exec predicts $5 a gallon gasoline and energy shortages.