I have made a post before about this, but never got to finish the post, because I made sure that I quickly finished the post as a point. I basically got less than half-way through a post about accepting our own mortality, and that no matter how prepared you are, you cannot prevent the inevitable.
This is the same argument that is used by the less prudent to explain why we are so outrageous in our thinking and as a means to justify their “grasshopper” mentality. Today I am using it as a way to bring some of the survival minded back to reality.
There are things that can remove us from the earth. We do things that put us in a poor condition, health-wise, just due to our do-it-yourself attitude. We just go, go , go, go, GO.
I have tried to fight this myself. I have reduced the number of times I mow my lawn. The amount of food consumption has gone down to reduce the amount of weight gain as I get older… which is a constant struggle, you know. I have allowed an assistant to start taking over some of the small day-to-day tasks that I shouldn’t spend my time on. This has saved me no time so far, but once she is up to speed, I feel it will be beneficial. To be honest, I have even considered going down to ONE blog and ONE podcast a week, but since I started at 5 blog posts a week, then moved down to 2 blog posts and one podcast post a week, I feel that I SHOULDN’T go down in the number of posts any more.
With how busy I get… with how many hours I work at my job… with how many hours I spend on the blog and podcast, not to mention all of the awesome products I will be coming out with, this year I have gotten small illnesses more than ever before. This is EVEN WITH my ability to delegate small tasks to an assistant. What does this tell me? What I am doing is a minor detriment to by body. As I type right now, I cannot be certain that I will be able to do my podcast this week due to a partial loss of voice and a little bit of chest congestion. This kind of thing ALWAYS seems to happen around very quick weather shifts this year.
I say all of this to make a point, well, maybe a couple of points. #1, I am tired this morning. #2, we are all mortal beings and anything can take our health and our lives.
One could be “Joe SuperPrepper” with the best technology and all the best training, but if he is driving down the road in his newly rebuilt Jeep Wrangler, or his F350 workhorse, and gets hit by an 18-Wheeler, all the preps in the world aren’t going to save him. Luck is probably the only thing that will help him now.
Same guy could be swimming in the ocean and get hit, as unlikely as it is, by a shark, or accidently end up in a school of Jelly Fish. He could be hanging out outside and see a thunderhead that is about 5 or 10 miles away, EASILY, and STILL be the unlikely candidate for a lightning strike when there is no rain or other clouds in the sky.
Joe SuperPrepper, I am sorry that I keep killing you off, like Kenny on Southpark, but I got at least one more scenario… Joe chokes on free-range chicken sandwich when no one is around. But Joe uses the back of the chair to give himself the Heimlich, which he succeeds at. But he ends up going to the hospital to get checked out, and dies from a staph infection. (Twist!)
My main point… you are mortal, and you need to understand this fact. Whatever you do in your preps, I hope you are doing it to improve QUALITY of life in hard times and in good times. If not, you may be destroying your health for little return. I want you to live your life with your mortality in mind. Understand that you are here for only a short time, and that time should be lived to the fullest. I hope you have others in mind when you are working on your projects. I hope you take time to cool off and relax with the family. Take time to smell flowers and to watch a bee collect pollen. Catch an extra nap as well. Oh, and listen to “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw.
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