Thursday, October 17, 2019

Procrastinating Preppers

Sometimes I get these weird thoughts. Think back to your school days. Wasn’t there always some guy or girl who always procrastinated . . . and got away with it? You could be up half the night studying. They skim the textbook ten minutes before class and get a better grade than you.

I had this crazy idea that the world will be full of people who prep at the very last second and it all works out for them. That’s not as crazy as it seems. The world is full of potential problems, disasters and general craziness. There’s a lot of potential madness to prepare for. That in itself can be paralyzing.

The last minute prepper only has to focus on what’s really going down right in front of them. Instead of trying to prepare for everything from nuclear war to economic collapse, they have just the one big immediate problem to deal with. Their preparation, while hurried, can be laser focused.

Most preppers think in terms of scenarios. They imagine what could happen and prepare for those things. You ever notice how different preppers focus on different things? For some it’s all about defense and they absolutely need their AR-15s. For others it’s about food and their pantries and root cellars are stocked to overflowing. Other’s might focus on economic collapse and stockpile precious metals. The problem is that when something bad really is about to go down, these people will try to fit the problem into what they’ve prepared for, not what it really is.

Am I advocating preparing at the last minute? Not exactly. For all those folks back in school who could pull off procrastinating, there are many more who failed because of it. We can’t all trust to luck and winging it. However, survival is more than being ready for anything. That’s impossible. What is possible is having the basics for survival squared away and developing a diverse skill set. Keep your eyes open on what’s really happening. Don’t let your preconceived notions get in the way.

Class dismissed.



  1. Flexible thinking is the key, and a lot of knowledge.

    1. It's so easy to bring the wrong tools to the job.

  2. I started thinking of myself as a generalist, way back in elementary school. Have worked hard in study and practice of everything that I possibly could the world to let me try...
    Hasn't made me rich in dollars, but certainly has allowed me lots of flexibility.
    What do I prep for ? To be self sufficient. Which is a very hard row to hoe !
    Comes naturally tho, my family's ancestors were some of the first white folks born in Idaho. Some of them native too. All were pioneers , which made them the ultimate preppers ha ha.

    1. Being a generalist is interesting and fun, so it's hard to do something just because it pays better.