Just like gen­er­a­tions past, there are plen­ty of issues on the hori­zon that present a chal­lenge to our day and age. Almost every day some­one pre­dicts doom is around the cor­ner, most­ly so they can point to their YouTube video or blog and say “I told you so.”  We are con­tin­u­al­ly hear­ing that:

To be cer­tain, there are a lot of pos­si­ble cri­sis­es that could hap­pen at any time. Unfor­tu­nate­ly or for­tu­nate­ly, such high impact events are near­ly impos­si­ble to accu­rate­ly pre­dict in advance. A true Black Swan will not make itself known until after the fact. Any­one that tells you dif­fer­ent is mis­tak­en or lying. Sor­ry. A true SHTF sce­nario is not pre­dictable.

Because we are sat­u­rat­ed with so much gloom and doom by soci­ety in gen­er­al and by being a mem­ber of the prep­per com­mu­ni­ty specif­i­cal­ly, it is extreme­ly easy to have the dooms­day blues or be depressed.  I am extrem­ly pos­i­tive per­son and some­times the mound upon mound upon mound of neg­a­tive news and pre­dic­tions of more to come can be over­whem­ing. Deal­ing with it on a day to day basis is not easy.  Here is what I do to com­bat the Dooms­day Blues:

  1. Turn it off. Stop watch­ing Glen Beck and read­ing Lights Out. If you can­not turn it off, lim­it your expo­sure and real­ize that your men­tal state is affect­ed by what you see and what you hear.
  2. Real­ize that if the US is going to col­lapse, there is prob­a­bly noth­ing you can do about it. It is either going to hap­pen or not.
  3. Stop prepar­ing for spe­cif­ic sce­nar­ios and focus on preps that address most of them. That is, if you are prepar­ing for a hur­ri­cane strike, those same preps will help you deal with a dirty bomb or a short-term grid fail­ure. If you are prepar­ing for a cur­ren­cy col­lapse by get­ting gold, sil­ver and cop­per, those same preps will help you deal with the post-SHTF barter econ­o­my.
  4. Real­ize that prep­ping is just not about the dooms­day, but liv­ing a bet­ter life, regard­less. Hav­ing preps makes me sleep bet­ter at night.  I know that my house­hold is resilient and can sur­vive 90% of poten­sial sce­nar­ios. The oth­er 5% I will impro­vise, adapt and over­come. The last 5% I am dead before I real­ize it and it does not mat­ter any­way (if it is just me, my wife will have enough life insur­ance to make it with­out me).

Above all, don’t allow your­self to think 24/7 about the com­ing apoc­olypse! Take time to live life and savor the won­der­ful world that is out there, come hell or high water!

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