As a each of us go through our preparations for the SHTF or TEOTWAWKI, you may come across people who have achieved a level of preparedness most of only dream of. That is, they have a fully stocked bomb shelter in a rural location with 20 years of food, water, fuel, gear, guns, ammo and a self-sufficient farm. While you are posting to a forum that you bought five, 5 gallon cans of gasoline another guy goes out and buys an army-surplus tanker and filling it with 4000 gallons of diesel fuel (yes, that happened to me).  You bump up your food supplies to 60 days for two people and the other guy posts pictures of his six month pantry and food rotation system. You buy 1000 rounds of ammo for your side arm while that other guy tells a story about the 10,000 rounds he has for seven different guns. In an earlier post, a Katrina survivor posted about his experience and how his preps helped him make it through the crisis. I live in a hurricane zone and don’t have 50% of what this guy has. I am not a big camper, hunter or outdoorsman. There are those that you could drop 100 miles from civilization with a Altoids tin and a multitool and they could live for weeks. That does not mean I would die under the same circumstances, but I would need more luck and more gear just to stay alive.

In the prepper world, you can count on two things: one-upmanship and being envious of those who have more resources and spent more time preparing than you have. Some, as in my example above, have been of the prepper mindset for decades while I have only been at it for months. When faced with these obstacles, my advice is this:

-In prepping as in life, there will always be those that have more of everything that you do. Get over it. There are those that will always have less.
-You must face the real constraints imposed by your situation. If you don’t have the money or space to acquire six months worth of food and other essential, then you will have to live with that reality.
-Do the best you can with what you do have. If you can only buy and warehouse one month of food, two flash lights with batteries, $400 cash and a shot gun plus shells, then that is all you can do. Something is better than nothing and something is better than 95% of the population.
-Prepare for the long term. Sure, it would be better to have it all now, but if you can accumulate preps every day, week or month, you will soon have the essentials covered that will allow you to endure 90% of the SHTF scenarios.
-Don’t be envious, learn. When others share their preparation levels, match it against what you have and what you are capable of. Make a list and work on the reasonable gaps. For instance, I’ll likely never have a 4000 diesel tanker in my back yard, but I could possibly store 40-50 gallons of gasoline before I run out of space or consider it a significant hazard. I believe I can get to 4 months of food stores before hitting space problems and spouse problems, but would really like to stretch it to 6 months (attic?). Will I ever have 20 years of MRE’s? Nope.
-Above all, don’t be discouraged and give up. They were once you and me, just starting on this path. That built a redundant and resilient lifestyle, brick by brick, piece by piece. Rome was not built in a day. Neither is a prepper life.
-Whatever you do, don’t quit. Don’t look at the other guy and say. “I’ll never have that level of preparedness so why even try?” That is for fools who look to others for validation of what they are doing with their lives. Be your own person and measure yourself against what you want to be, not what the other guy is doing.

When faced with Prepper Envy, it only makes sense to acknowledge the feelings and get on with building the life you want have. Any other reaction is foolishness and immaturity.

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