Interestingly, while working in Midtown Manhattan for an Internet company in early 2009 I began to have the overwhelming feeling that I was too connected. Too in touch with technology, and that I was missing something in my life. It wasn’t spiritual (more on this later), it wasn’t necessarily religious, and I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Then one day it hit me. Simplicity and preparedness. My life, after a breakup with my ex-fiancée, personal finances after planning a wedding that didn’t happen, combined that with a down economy, a war we are not necessarily winning, a rising cold war with another country, and having to get out of bed every day and pretend there is nothing wrong with the world, and go to work and perform. Wow, what a mouthful. But that was it. Simplicity. The simplicity of nature, and getting back to basics before technology ruled my life from the time I awoke in the morning.
I was a burgeoning neophyte of a prepper. Where to start? Oddly enough, about the same time I began thinking I needed to simplify my life, I picked up a book by Neil Strauss called “EMERGENCY: This book could save your life.” I won’t get into what the book was about now too deeply, but it outlined Neil’s journey into paranoia, survival, the outdoors, and what to do if the “shit hit the fan,” and how he would survive. In many ways, this book would begin a thought process of simplifying my life, while considering terrorism, survival, personal security, my health, when the SHTF, preparedness, and more. I became a little more paranoid, I wanted to know what else was going on in the world politically, and for other reasons, I became more vigilant about my own protection, the protection of my family, and what I would do in an emergency. I had forgotten everything I knew about first aid, CPR, etc. I realized quickly, I had not picked up a fishing pole in years, have not hunted, and didn’t know how to forage for food as my grandfather before I did. That moment of clarification made me feel, well, useless.
I began researching survival schools for classes and workshops. I began making lists for my Bug-Out-Bag, buying new camping and survival gear, started to stockpile ammunition for my guns, as well as learn to make survival foods, and began storing food in the event of a natural disaster or another type of disaster. In my truck, I built a survival bag that has two days worth of food, water, and camping gear at all times. I have a bug-Out-Bag at home with 72 hours’ worth of food, and supplies if I have to hit the road. I purchased a shoulder holster and tactical holster in the event I had to gear up and be prepared… I went little nuts. But, It has been teaching me that you can never be too prepared when it comes to your personal safety. If there is a natural disaster or another man-made disaster, and yes including nuclear, I am at least prepared with my potassium iodide tablets. I am more worried about a dirty bomb than a nuclear detonation where I live currently.
You may be asking yourself if I am crazy. I am going to tell you that I am only looking to improve my self-reliance, which oddly is centering me, as it helps me achieve the goal of unplugging as well.
This blog is nothing but a journey. A journey of what I am learning and my chronicle of what I have achieved and will continue to learn. I hope to share it with friends and family at some point so that they too can benefit from what I have learned, and maybe become more aware as well.
I will also be keeping a copy of this as a booklet in all of my gear so that I can reference it at a later date if I ever need to.