So, I’ve been pret­ty quite late­ly.  There are two rea­sons for this, pri­mar­i­ly.  First, my new job, which isn’t so new any­more, has had me work­ing and trav­el­ing between 12 — 15 hours a day.  That may not be a lot to some of you, and if I sound like I am bitch­ing, I apol­o­gize in advance.  I am thank­ful to even have a job where things are very busy in this econ­o­my where OPEC rais­es oil prices for no rea­son, and infla­tion is slow­ly tak­ing hold and par­a­lyz­ing the pub­lic.  Frankly at the end of the day, my brain has been fried and I have need­ed a reboot on the week­ends.  In fact I am writ­ing this, and I am three min­utes away from my first meet­ing of the day, and I am not sure when I am going to get the oppor­tu­ni­ty to write again.

Because of much of this, I just feel tapped out.  Not that I am not focus­ing on prep­ping, I am.  But, in some ways I also feel like I am at a cross­roads and have a need to once again re-eval­u­ate how I am doing things as well as what I know.  I feel like I need to learn more before I write again…  I feel like I need to expe­ri­ence more before I can con­vey my thoughts to you.  I feel like I need to take action on learn­ing more skills and try­ing to put them to use before I can con­fi­dent­ly write more for you.  These things are com­ing as well… It is tak­ing me some plan­ning, which admit­ted­ly is tak­ing me longer than I had expect­ed for you and myself.  Ulti­mate­ly the skill sets I am learn­ing are for me and I am going to be pass­ing along the infor­ma­tion.

The time con­straints I believe are the down­side of the work lifestyle I live.  Hav­ing lived in a more rur­al area, with a more tra­di­tion­al go to work / come home after work lifestyle, and liv­ing in a more met­ro­pol­i­tan area, I feel that there is more expect­ed of an indi­vid­ual here in the more urban work envi­ron­ment.  I am not say­ing some­one in a rur­al area does not work hard.  Hell, every­one works pret­ty hard these days if they have a job.  And for those of you that do not, I hope you find gain­ful employ­ment short­ly.  No one should be with­out a job f they want to work and pro­vide for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.  But with din­ners, lunch­es, trav­el­ing, ad-hoc meet­ings, con­fer­ences, etc. it leaves the mind a lit­tle tapped of effort at the end of the day.  I recent­ly miss the sim­plic­i­ty of com­ing home at the end of the day and for­get­ting work exist­ed until the next morn­ing.  Maybe it is still the cold weath­er.  Maybe it is a com­bi­na­tion of things.  From what I read, the sim­pler lifestyle is pre­ferred for the prep­per/survivalist.  This is the lifestyle that true prep­pers and sur­vival­ists seek, I think.  The rur­al prop­er­ty that IS their pri­ma­ry home, with a sim­pli­fied lifestyle that allows them have ade­quate fam­i­ly time, and time to accom­plish their per­son­al goals.  Where many sub­ur­ban­ites, like myself, dream of the Bug Out Loca­tion that they can retreat to because they are addict­ed to a lifestyle, mon­ey, the speed of things where they live, con­ve­nience, etc.  Many of these things can become dis­trac­tions and fur­ther lim­it time.  Is that real­ly the pre­ferred way?

Any­way, I have to get back to work, and I want­ed to give every­one an update.  And thank you for con­tin­u­ing to read…

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