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Originally posted by gwydionblack
Of all the things that this glorious modern world has to offer, and the majority of people will miss hot water. Seriously?
You do know that modern life did not invent hot water and that such will still be available after the SHTF, right?
Has anyone actually ever tried going more than a day without a shower?
You do know it is possible, right?
I'll admit, it feels good to clean the grime off of your body after some hard work, but this is a basic need that so long as water still runs on this planet - it will be fulfilled.
About 2 years ago I made a SHTF bucket list or sorts. It had three categories - Foods I wanted to eat, Things I wanted to do, and people I wanted to see one more time.
The foods were easy enough. It included a bunch of foods that I know that when SHTF, will never be available again. It included drinks that I had when I was younger that I wanted to partake in just once more. And once are partook in those things on that list - I savored every single once knowing that it may have very well been my last.
The things I wanted to do consisted of things that I did in the past that I enjoyed- games I had played, events I have been to, things I've always wanted to do. None of them were too extreme or out there, but they all garnered a sort of satisfaction, and they all held in common that they would be a lot more difficult to accomplish depending on what happened in the world.
Finally, the last category - the people. This I found the most difficult of all. There are just some people in your past that you know that after you see them at a certain point, you may not see them ever again. And hell, if they hold grudges they might not care to see you again. I have old friends, friends that have moved far away, friends I have met online and never met in person, and family members I have grown distant to. When it comes to end of the world scenarios - the thing I am going to miss most are the people in my life. I know that not everyone out there is going to survive. Some may even choose to take their own life. In the end, I know, and people need to come to terms with the fact that the communication channels we take for granted today will leave you separated from past loved ones and in all likely hood, unless you brewed up a plan with them before that time - you will never see them again.
I'm all for a hot shower, but I've got weeks without one and I've survived. I learn to appreciate the cold water on a hot summer day, and more than my cleanliness - I've come to appreciate the entire world around us that we tend to take for granted.
As for the things I would miss - I would miss everything. I would miss the things I never said. I would miss the things I never tried. I would miss the things I always wanted but never had. I would miss the life I never lived because I never had a chance. I would miss the fairy tale endings of the American dream and wonder why that couldn't happen to all of us. I would miss going to a movie on a Friday night and the feeling that has long since left me - the feeling of not having a care in the world and just letting life pass you by, enjoying every second of it.
I would miss the life I never got to have.