reply to post by Doomsday 2029
Doomsday, I am currently trying to pen a book for people like you (and me). I was once there as well. The constant news, and dread is overwhelming,
and you cannot change the vast majority of the ails that the world is feeling.
Here is my very, very condensed version for you:
1. Prepare. The name of my book is GetReadyAlready. People often overlook the easiest things to prepare for. If the sun explodes tomorrow, or a
Caldera like Yellowstone does a species killer eruption, no amount of Bug Out Bags, or stored food will help you. When I say PREPARE, it starts
emotionally and religiously. Make amends with your family and friends. Take time to enjoy your children and your parents. Just sit and watch and
smile at them. Listen a lot. Tell them how much you care, and how happy you are to be around them. Make sure that you spend every possible moment
getting rid of regrets! As far as your prayers. Prayer should never make you feel worse? I start every prayer with thank yous for all of the things
in my life that I can truly be thankful for. It takes awhile, and I try to be creative each time. By the time I am through being thankful, I really
don't have anything left to ask for! I ask the Lord to forgive me, I know I am not perfect, and I ask the Lord to continue to guide me to fulfill my
task in life, whatever that may be. What else can we do? I feel a lot better after that type of prayer.
If today is my last day, I will feel happy knowing that the last year of my life was spent with friends and family and that I have grown as a person,
and that I stopped saying No to opportunities to bond with them. I also know that God and I are on the same page about my sins. I haven't got a
handle on all of them, and I probably never will, but I seek to do better everyday, and I am honest with God and myself when I know I've messed up.
2. Prepare. The conventional way. Bug Out Bag. 6 months of food storage. Build your knowledge of your local landscape, and plant life, and water
purification techniques. Devote a little time and money each week to this purpose. It won't take much to improve a great deal. It is also
extremely healthy, and relaxing to stroll through the woods picking leaves and flowers and noticing the wildlife.
The first time I made a fire without matches or starter material was invigorating! I had to show it to every person I knew over the next couple of
weeks. So silly, but so much fun, and I was very proud!
3. Prepare. Prepare your friends, family, and community. Get to know your neighbors. Join some local groups of nature hikers, or joggers, or the
Tea Party, or the PTA. Get involved with what is going on around you. Let your friends and family know that you are curious about Survival
techniques, and politics, and local government, etc. You don't have to be a loony to get involved and have a good time, and learn some new skills,
and make some new friends. If SHTF, you will now have a network of support.
4. Prepare. Healthwise. If SHTF, your local ER won't be available for minor aches and pains. Your monthly prescription won't be available
either. Get your ailments fixed now! Have that surgery you have been putting off. Get a check up. Get in shape. Lose some weight. Buy better
shoes. Start getting the correct amount of rest each night. Eat Healthier. More water, less soda, more organic, less fast food. Etc, Etc. Start
to trim your medication back just a little, and hoard some for emergencies. 6 months of food will be worthless with only 1 week of insulin. Get with
your doctor about an emergency back up supply of critical medicines. If the doctor won't help, then just trim a day here or there and fill your
prescriptions as usual until you start to build a surplus.
5. Prepare. Prepare financially. Get some life insurance. Write a will. Get rid of debts. Get your wife and kids on the House Deed. Gift your
assests to people each year to help them avoid paying inheritance tax. Get an attorney, or an accountant. Prepare your estate for the inevitable.
It doesn't matter if you are 20 or 80.
You see, the end is coming for you. That much is for certain. It might be a cosmic cataclysm, or it might be a trip on your front stoop and into a
rock in the garden. You will die. . .eventually. You could die at any time, and it might not be the end of the world. It might just be a
bone-headed accident. Every morning I kiss my wife and kids goodbye, and I get on a motorcycle to go 20 miles through a town full of College-age
drivers. Everyday might be my last. I saw a guy get killed at an intersection just 2 nights ago!
Now, the big secret! If you are truly prepared. Prepared emotionally, religiously, physically, and economically. If you have communicated with
your friends and family. If you have built your network of friends in the neighborhood and in the community. If you don't have any regrets left.
If your family will be taken care of in your absence. If your wake will be a sad one, and a fulfilling one. If people will celebrate your life, and
mourn your passing. Then. . . . what is there to worry about? Tell everyone you love them, say your prayers, go to bed, sleep like a baby, wake up
and thank the Lord for another beautiful day to enjoy on this Earth with the people you love, and do it all over again! No worries!
Like I said. That is 150 pages condensed into a couple of paragraphs, but hopefully you get the idea. I understand the anxiety, but when you pull
yourself out of the fog, and you look at the whole situation, life is pretty good, if you let it be!