When I was growing up, I watched my Dad as well as both of my Granddads and learned a very valuable lesson. That lesson was simple. It’s a man’s job to take care of his family, no matter how hard it is.
That tenet is one that drives much of what I do today, prepping or otherwise. I need to take care of my wife, and I need to take care of my kids.
Ladies, this doesn’t mean you’re excluded here. But as a man, I can’t really speak from your point of view. So I’ve written this from my perspective. But it all applies to you too.
In many ways my wife is smarter about this stuff than I am. She sees things I don’t, and helps keep me focused. We wouldn’t be where we are today without her. She’s got my back, and I’ve got hers.
Part of protecting and taking care of your family is being ready to deal with the unexpected. Enter prepping.
Anyone who looks at the world and life in general with a reasonably open mind will readily admit that bad things can happen.
People can lose their jobs. We all know that, and many of us have experienced that.
Storms happen, and can cause power outages or worse. Happens every year.
You might get into a car wreck driving down the highway. Happens every day.
A massive asteroid may strike the planet, eradicating 90% of life on the planet. Happens every 30 million years or so.
Well, we probably don’t need to worry too much about the last one … I got a little carried away there.
But you get my point. Bad stuff happens. And it happens to someone every single day of the year.
It’s not particularly far fetched to think it can happen to you. And most of us recognize that.
We have health insurance. We have car insurance. We have home owners or renters insurance. And so on…
All of these are ways to protect us from longer term impacts due to events occurring. They don’t STOP the bad thing from happening, they just help us deal with it.
But there’s one thing these things have in common. They’re provided by external people. And that means that they’re just not 100% reliable. And if you’ve ever dealt with a health insurance company that’s reluctant to pay, you know exactly what I mean.
So as a man it’s my responsibility to have our own internal insurance policy for those curveballs that life throws. And this is where most people fall down. They don’t recognize that those external backstops are likely to fail as well.
And that’s why we prep.
Our food storage provides us insurance against food being unavailable. It doesn’t matter why it’s not there. If I have a years worth of food in the pantry, does it matter if I can’t go to the store because I lost my job, or because there’s a storm, or because there’s no gas and the trucks aren’t running?
Heck no. Our food storage will keep us fed through anything.
Having extra cash on hand provides us insurance against our bank accounts being unavailable. Who cares why … ATM networks are down, massive power outage, identity theft, the list goes on. But bottom line, by having cash on hand and in the house we reduce the potential impact of a problem with the banking system.
And so on and so forth.
It’s fun to think about the major disasters and possible events. The zombie apocalypse, EMP, or a SHTF event resulting in a ‘Without Rule of Law’ situation.
But they’re not all that likely. So I don’t focus my energy on those.
Prepping at it’s core is simply protecting your family from the unknown. It’s making sure your kids are going to be fed, have water to drink, and have a bed to sleep in. Consider it self-insurance if you will.
There’s LOTS that goes into prepping, and this article is a massive oversimplification. But I write it to get one primary point across. It’s critical to remain focused on WHY and not just the HOW.
Never ever forget the why. Keeping you and yours safe and secure. That’s why.
There’s no greater calling, no greater purpose, no better goal, than to keep your family safe and provided for.