Part of my goal these days as I shift the focus of this blog, etc. is to offer a reality check for what has been termed "survivalist" or "prepper" or any of the other labels pinned on those of us who have had our world changed forever or are waiting for theirs to change forever.
Thinking about it and who is out there talking about survival are a whole lot of people focusing on the short term experience. Bad thing happens. You bug out. You bug back in - right? I mean, isn't the whole point of a bug out bag to get you through a few weeks, tops?
But what if you can't go home? What if there is no longer a home, only the road in front of you?
I spent five months once living out of a back pack. The only way I could do that is because I could go to the store and buy what I needed.
And there was no room for water, food, or dog food beyond a few days.
This idea of survival is often dependent on back up support systems. Military rescue teams. 911 calls. 24/7 stores. Cell phones. Hospitals. Be honest, what would you really DO if there was no back up?
All the training in the world can't answer this question because all forms of training end at some point. Except of course, the training that is our life.
The ideas I've had about survival have changed radically the longer I've lived with no back up plan or real home and only the journey.
I expect they will continue to evolve the longer it goes on because I don't really see anything different in the near future. And if there is one thing that is radically different it is just that.
When does survival end and "life" begin? Ralph Waldo Emerson says that life is a journey and not a destination. I've come to the conclusion that the only real destination we all have in common is the journey.
And life, like our journey on it, is for the long haul.
Personally I've been in survival mode most of my life. Childhood trauma that morphed into an ongoing death wish and then loss of loved ones and now loss of everything. It is truly a miracle I am even here now.
The short term game of survival is all about keeping the body safe long enough to get to the next moment. The long haul survival game is all about your mind and heart.
Eventually food stores will run out. The same is true for ammo, soap, and shoelaces. When survival goes long haul all the stuff and support systems go away.
All you are left with is who you are on the inside and who you are now being asked to become.
What happens then? Only time will tell for you and me both. But one thing there is no disputing, I'm in it for the long haul... Drive on!
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