posted on Sep, 27 2007 @ 07:39 PM
Whatever the circumstances, the best chance you can give yourself that you will survive is to learn and to prepare yourself mentally now. It makes
little difference how many books you possess on survival subjects if they are on the bottom bookshelf in your living room and you are on your roof
surrounded by floodwaters. Each situation is unique and each decision for action (or for inaction) affects the reality for the next and all future
Survival begins and ends with attitude. It cannot be stressed strongly enough just how important that one element is. It will literally mean the
difference between survival and failure. Failure means death so you decide now and at every point along the way, just how seriously you want to
approach the subject. It is imperative that you keep a positive attitude and expect to survive.
Expect to live but never, ever let yourself believe that you have a right to be here or that you are entitled to survive. Life is a crapshoot and
each one of us has a date with the old grim reaper sooner or later. Nature is relentless and unforgiving and doesn’t care who you are. It does play
by a set of rules though and the more you understand those rules and use them, the greater will be your chance for survival. You can’t fight nature
and expect to win for long. You may get away with an occasional indiscretion with nature. Then again, you may not. There are no higher stakes.
Survival is something that you will have to work to achieve. It won’t just happen. You have to make it happen. You will have to face up to it and
take full responsibility for every minute of every day and night.
Most of us live pretty much insulated from nature. We’ve come to expect certain comforts in life, such as air conditioning, refrigeration,
electrical power, plumbing and a certain degree of protection from the elements. Those will be the first things you’ll have to learn to live without
or to improvise. Willingness and ability to comprimise and adapt will make that much easier. Without a positive attitude that won't happen. That will
be the hardest part for most people.