Be Ready for What ever Happens
Current issues and topics that are relevant to the classes we teach
There is a booming survival industry that tells us survival rests with having their gear or food or something else you need to buy. Equipment and supplies help, but it is not the most important part. Having a cool Go-Bag in your closet will not change you from a nerd into Rambo when a disaster hits.
The first thing you need is a survival mindset. After careful thought and study of how things are, you must decide what problems YOU believe are likely and that YOU are willing to prepare for. The rest of the survival mindset is you deciding that no matter what actually happens you will make it through.
This means you will need to do a lot of things you don’t do in daily life. You will be outside your comfort zone. But once you decide to do this, and that no matter what happens, you will not quit then you are ready for step two.
Mental preparation is second. Realistically look at what skills you will need to make it through the problem, what skills you actually know (and how to improve them) and what skill you need. Identify people and groups that do or teach those things and learn from them. Know that the learning never stops. I am continuously learning something new about everything I teach. A student will ask a question that I don’t know, or I will read, hear or see something new. Nobody knows everything, and if you find someone who does- run. They will get you killed.
Finally there is physical preparation. You need to take a look at your own body. Are you really capable of grabbing that cool Go Bag and humping it 20 miles somewhere or does walking up one flight of stairs leave you winded? Do you have to take medicines every day just to stay alive? These are all important questions to answer. You will likely need to acquire some physical strength and endurance and just plain get into shape to meet your own survival expectations.
But no matter how far physically you are from that goal, you have to start where you are. Learn about fitness, find a trainer or join a gym or whatever will help you to succeed.
If your plan to get though an emergency requires you to run 100 yards with a bag to escape a house fire, then start where you are and begin to train for that. Set a final goal and put it into in small do-able pieces. Write down a realistic schedule and stick with it. Congratulate yourself every day that you stay on your schedule. If you fall off your schedule, don’t worry. Get back up and keep going.
Next week: the survival hierarchy.