How to prepare your family to survive and thrive in todays uncertain world

Take Heart, You’re Not Alone

So back to it…

It’s pretty easy when you’re somewhat isolated to become completely focused on your own opinions and needs. Which is why the results of the survey I just ran were quite enlightening. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Rudy’s Note: If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I ran a survey recently asking a few preparedness questions.

Participants got a chance to earn a one on one phone call with me to discuss your prepping goals or whatever else is on your mind.

If you missed the survey, you still have a few days before I do the drawing, so click here and fill out the anonymous survey for your chance to win!

One rather telling result of the survey is that there’s quite a few of you ou tthere with the same kinds of struggles. While that sounds a bit problematic at first, it’s really not that bad a thing.

You have to realize that you’re not alone, and that there are others like you out there. And they’re having the same kind of challenges that you are.

A guy I work with was telling me today that he had a casual conversation with another coworker, and was talking about current events. Coworker #2 had no idea that they weren’t the only one seeing the train coming down the tracks. Yet there’s four or five like minded folks in our department alone.

You are not alone. There’s others out there that think the way you do. Quite a few of them, actually. So take heart, and don’t be discouraged. There’s others walking the same path, running into the same challenges, and solving the same problems.

There were four common themes that shone through those survey results that I’d like to touch on.

First, quite a few of you just have no idea where to start, sometimes with preparedness in general, but in some cases around specific topics you were having troubles with.

Second, many of you are running into challenges with the financial end of prepping, both setting cash aside as well as having the money to buy the stuff that you need for your preps.

Third, there’s lots of you having space problems. Too many preps, not enough room to store them.

Finally, there’s a surprising number of you that are prepping alone. You have a reluctant or even a completely¬†oppositional¬†spouse. Or maybe you just don’t know how to talk to them about prepping and why it makes sense.

There were certainly other themes, but those four appeared over and over again, and I bet many of you who are reading this recognize yourself in some of them.

Later this weekend I’m going to talk about how I plan to help, but for now I want to leave you with this.

Take heart, do not be discouraged. Times are dark, and harder times are on their way. To steal a phrase, “Winter is coming!”

But you don’t have to face it alone. There’s plenty of us out there, even in your neighborhood.

The future is brighter than it looks right now. Just have faith, and continue walking towards your goals.

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4 Responses to Take Heart, You’re Not Alone

  1. To address the oppositional spouse — he shut his mouth regarding prepping when we had a emergency and I saved the family. He has kept his mouth shut since….. Now he says its a good hobby to have…… As to where to start it’s best to start with a LIST. Canning meat, freeze dried fruits and vegetables. Flour, sugar, rice, and wheat berries in 5 gallon pails. WATER.

    Rudy – you should have a document that list places to purchase bulk food. Ironically there are more places to buy bulk food in the west due to the mormon’s than in the East.

    All preppers need to know how to store and preserve food AND they need to know what destroys food. Light, air, etc. JUST START.

  2. Rudy, I know I’m not alone, although at times that does seem to be the case. My spouse is fully on board and supportive. However, here in the state of MA the prevailing mind set seems to be that it’s not one’s personal responsibility to ensure their basic needs are met. I’ve long ago given up the battle to make them aware. We had a recent longish power outage here and we were without power for nearly a week. Yet, we managed just fine because we a.) had a generator b.) had a transfer switch installed last year so we could run the house, including running water(we have a well) c.) could make our own coffee with a simple camp coffee pot and d.)provide water to our neighbors as needed, including showers.
    The level of complaining against the power company(it must have their fault we had an early storm that took down branches and collapsed power lines) and against the state government for not ensuring people had their power back in five minutes was astonishing.

    We usually order on-line for bulk items as well as shop at a wholesale club. Dollar stores, sales, clipping coupons and finding grocery stores with the best prices serve our needs.

  3. Hi Rudy –
    I’m thinking you might want to help your readers who are just getting started understand that it’s easiest when you think about getting through next week, then next month before getting worked into a lather over next year or the next decade. For thousands of years people worked all summer “prepping” for winter, only to do it all over next year. Preparing for something as inevitable as the changing seasons is simply a way of life, a mind-set if you will. Preparing for what appears to be on the horizon is, truly, an overwhelming task if attempted all at once. But as they used to say, “You can eat an alligator if you just take one bite at a time.”
    You will have to repeat yourself some because of new readers. Keep up the good work!
    Looking Up – Pam

  4. I agree.. sometimes I start feeling like I’m alone in my endeavors, but then I fall back on the web communities I belong to and realize that it’s a big world and lots of people are in the same boat with me! Thanks for a great article.