Well, been almost exactly two months since my last post. Took an unplanned hiatus from T-Blog. Not sure what my posting frequency will be like going forward, but felt like posting something up for the first time in a long while. Thanks to TimSAZ for the poke.
Why the hiatus? Honest answer--I've my focus has been other places. Three little kids, busy and work, and my spare time has been focused on strength training. I've gotten mildly obsessive about lifting and improving my health...I'm learning a lot and making slow progress, but still a total noob.
As a result, I haven't been thinking a whole ton 'bout preparedness these days (blasphemy!), and haven't had much blogging inspiration as a result. Honestly, got a bit burnt out on the whole scene.
The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to be ready for the curve balls that life throws all of us, not just the low likelihood, world ending stuff. People have been worried about the apocalypse for a few thousands years...hasn't happened yet. But people get laid off, have medical emergencies (and the accompanying medical bills), or die young due to terrible health on a regular basis.
Paying off debt and building a financial safety net ain't glamorous, but you're a heck of a lot more likely to need that extra cash in the next year than night vision goggles, a battle rifle, custom 1911 and a mountain of ammo.
Physical fitness is going to be more useful to you throughout your whole life than most any other prep or skill you can come up with. Heck, it'll probably help extend your life, and certainly improve the quality of whatever time you have left.
Strong relationships with family and friends--people who've got your back and will help you out in tight spot--are likewise worth more than we often give them credit for.
It's really easy to get your priorities out of whack. The guns, blades, gear, the survival skills...all are fun, sexy and cool. And all certainly have their place and importance. But don't get caught up in them to the point that they become a detriment to other, more important things. I'm certainly guilty of doing so.
Sit down, do some introspection and make sure you're focusing on what's truly most important, and what is most likely to be needed. If those things aren't in order, make them a priority.