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…
I enjoy your blog very much because I live in an urban area and am worried about prepping for emergencies. I have learned a lot from you including the basics of a EDC and a GHB. When I read your GHB was stolen, I made preparations to secure mine.
One thing you may consider is inviting people to write on your blog so that it is a group blog. That way, it is not all on you. Of course, you would still be in control and could approve the items prior to posting (it is your blog after all). However, this would share the load.
I have considered writing about my urban preps, but don’t really want to set up a totally new blog. In other words, I am available to provide content if you wish to consider the group blog concept. My email is above. Let me know.
Jim, if you have something to contribute, I am all for it… Feel free to get hold of me at jack [@] suburbansurvivalblog.com and we can certainly chat about it… I value ALL opinions…
I’ll be here to read whatever you post — however often that is. I think Prepper Jim has a good idea though!