The stigma about preppers from society is that you need to be prepared for the end of the world or you’re not doing it right. Or that preppers will be hiding in their bunkers, ready to blast anything that moves in a disaster.
While I’m sure those people are out there, they are far and few between. Over the years, I have met and talked to many different preppers. Some wouldn’t label themselves a “prepper” but rather just a person who wants to be prepared.
While we all start on the same path by storing a little extra food, storing some water, and getting some supplies, it changes as we begin to individualize our preparedness plans. Prepping means many different things to many different people.
In short, the term prepping or preparedness is just a way to describe what we do, but it doesn’t define who we are.
Are Preppers Crazy or Smart?
The truth is, no matter how prepared you are, none of us are doing it wrong, nor are we doing it right. We are doing what we can with the resources available to us. If wanting to have contingency plans in place just in case something happens makes you crazy, then I guess we are.
In today’s world, we are taught that everything we need is only a click away, and if you don’t have the money right now, just put it on the card. Having a pantry full of food is unnecessary because the grocery store has everything you need.
What happens when they don’t? What happens when the grid goes down, and everything we take for granted is gone? Will the store shelves still be stocked, will the gas station still have fuel, and will we still have a job to go to in the first place?
Even if it is something smaller like a personal doomsday or a short-term power outage, wouldn’t it be nice to have a little tucked away to make life easier as you weather the storm?
Considering all the insanity worldwide today and throughout history, I have to chuckle a little when people say that preppers are crazy. You have economies that rise and fall, we are in a perpetual state of war, and disasters are happening all around us, yet the preppers are crazy for having the foresight to plan for these events.
If prepping is crazy, then isn’t having auto insurance crazy, and having a savings account is crazy too?
Is Prepping Pointless?
Whether or not someone believes prepping is pointless is a matter of perspective. Preparing is often motivated by the feeling that real risks and potential disasters could disrupt daily life. If someone isn’t motivated by this, they probably think preparedness is pointless.
The perceived level of risk is also a factor. Some people prepare for more extreme scenarios, while others focus on more common disruptions like power outages or natural disasters. Preparing for nuclear war might seem pointless for those concentrating on smaller-scale disasters.
Prepping and preparedness are worthwhile, even if nothing happens at all. Contrary to popular belief about preppers, I’d be happy to live my life without a major disaster disrupting it; I’m just not holding my breath.
It’s crucial to balance preparedness and maintaining a fulfilling and enjoyable life in the present. This means different things for different people, but prepping can be beneficial for many reasons that have nothing to do with large-scale disasters.
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