from Survival Blog:
I am pretty new to SurvivalBlog, but I daily look forward to reading what’s new and how some folks are preparing for hard times and perhaps the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI). I believe in being prepared for disruptions in everyday life, both for the short term and long term. I have lived all my life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where we expect ice storms, snow drifts, and power outages that may last up to a week at a time. Folks here still raise a garden, have chickens and maybe a hog, hunt and fish, and can and preserve; most everyone has wood stoves for heating and also cooking, if need be. To many of us, it’s just our way of life and nothing special. I’m a contractor and have a small generator for the business, but I don’t generally use it at home during power outages in the winter months, unless the power is off several days. One year when our daughters were young, an ice storm took out the power for about a week. After a couple of days, the girls were really “suffering”.
We had heat, kerosene lanterns, lots of canned produce from the garden as well as canned venison and fresh water for us to drink and use to flush the toilets; our refrigerated items were outside on the carport in great shape, the kids were out of school, and Mom and I were home from work for a while. I LOVED IT! However, we didn’t have electric lights, television (which they really never cared much about anyway), showers, microwaves, or the gadgets we have come to believe we can’t live without. Twenty miles away, Granny had power and the kids begged to go, so I took them. Life was good again. A few weeks later I was out in the shop when the girls came in and for the first time noticed a piece of equipment that had been there for quite some time, but they apparently hadn’t noticed it before. “Dad what is that?” my oldest asked. “Well, that’s a generator.” The look on her face was priceless; it was a mixture of anger and unbelief. “You had a generator the whole time the power was out and we didn’t use it?” It makes me laugh every time I think about it. So what was different about how Mom and I handled no power and how our girls handled it? It was just one word: contentment. We were content with our situation without power for a few days; they were not. They were not just merely discontent; they were miserable. They were not prepared mentally for a disruption in their daily routine.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked skills that will be needed if TEOTWAWKI happens will be contentment. TEOTWAWKI means the end of the world as we know it. It’s not going to be the same. I have read that folks are buying generators and storing gasoline for a grid down situation, and then they’re buying a backup generator for the backup generator along with more gas and parts so that they can continue on with the standard of living they have come accustomed to no matter how bad things get.
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