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What Does It Mean To Live a Prepper Lifestyle

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Rather than posting about living a prepper lifestyle, I want to ask what the members of this community define a prepper lifestyle as?

As I am sitting here at home watching “Light of My Life” on Amazon Prime when the thought came across wondering how many “preppers” life a prepper lifestyle. The problem is, a “prepper lifestyle” will vary depending on who you ask.

We could use the old cliche “Prep for the worst and hope for the best.” Then again, we could spend tens of thousands of dollars on underground bombs shelters only to have them sit for decades unused. After all, how many people put in bomb shelters during the cold war that were never used.

Preppers live any everyday life just like everyone else. We go to work, pay bills, spend time with our family… etc. So what makes us any different than anyone else?

To me, a prepper lifestyle is living in a minimum constant of readiness. We can not wear an NBC gas mask 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Then again, how many people here would ever need an NBC mask?

Most of us will only face natural disasters in our lifetime. When a hurricane rolls through Southeast Texas my family and I are ready. If the world faces an outbreak of the next plague, hopefully we will be ready.

What we call prepping today was a way of life decades ago. Whether it was my grand parents on my moms side of the family or my dads side they shared a common trait, that was being somewhat self sufficient.

Decades ago our ancestors stored food for the cold harsh winter days. Even today groups such as the Amish can their own foods and store them in bulk. In my grandparents home on a top shelf of a store room are a few jars of preserves dating to the late 1970s. When the preserves were put up granny would farm a small plot of land by hand for the family. There was a fairly large fig tree and a couple of pear trees in the chicken yard.

There are numerous lessons to learn from the past. One thing our grandparents and great grandparents learned over the decades was to make due with what they had. The current generation has never wanted for anything. We live in an era of instant gratification. Whether it is Amazon Prime, Ebay, or fast food, we have been conditioned to get what we want when we want it, and there in lies the problem.

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