Are you fit enough to survive?
Many people ask, how do they get started in survival and preparedness. My answer is simple, start with yourself, go have a long look in the mirror and have a think about yourself before you do anything. Are you fit, healthy, vibrant, energetic, resourceful, intelligent and cunning? Or are you unhealthy, sluggish, unfit, medically dependant and lacking confidence? Both types of people can survive but my money's on the fitter of the two, hence the term survival of the fittest!
If you're serious about long term preparedness and survival, you'd better start getting into shape, shed those extra pounds, let loose the ties of medical dependency by changing your lifestyle and seeking out alternative health practitioners who are able to help you should the system collapse around you.
Survival starts right here right now. Opting out of the system for some of its every day involvements will go a long way should the worst happen. Stop shopping at the big grocery stores, help grow your local community and support local farmers and small holders who provide box schemes, most of these are organic or use limited pesticides. Get to know them and learn from them, they may be a voluble recourse in the future.
By cutting out the big grocery stores you're starting to fight back against the corporate control that's taking over the world, cut off their life line, your money!
Get healthy by cutting out all those processed foods and drinks, cut back on the sugar and saturated fats, switch to whole foods, if finance is dictating organic or not, stay with whole foods as they contain a lot less hidden ingredients than processed foods. A simple step like this will help your body become healthier, stronger and less toxic. Increase your water in-take to a couple of litres a day, cut back the Coke, black tea and coffee as they're all diuretics.
Get moving, get out there and go for a walk, a run a jog,anything to get your system moving, I'm not telling you to go to the gym and become a super hero, just become as fit as you think you need to be. Put it this way, what good are you to yourself if you're over weight, asthmatic, dependant on medical aid, and get out of breath going to the loo and back to the couch. So you are surrounded by all your provisions, would you be able to defend them, would you be able to defend your family or children? It's a sobering thought. Get fit and the fit will survive.
Physical fitness is only 50% of who you are, the other 50% is your mental health and strength. Do you have the determination, tenacity, tenaciousness and shear will to survive? If you think you can survive no matter what, and are the sort of person to carry on regardless, you've a good chance of survival right there. One third of people put in a desperate situation tend to just give up, never seeing a way out, the other two thirds will keep going, but after time, another third from the original group will wain and falter, then give up. Leaving only one third left of the original number. It's this third that you want to be in, they may not all survive but they'll have a bloody good go at it. It's this last third that tends to be the fittest, mentally and physically and they invariably have one thing else. Knowledge!
Every thing you do today will affect your chances of survival long term. Knowledge is the next key to unlocking long term survival. Just knowing the absolute basics of how to make fire, collect and filter water will keep you going for at least 60 days before starvation kicks you in to touch. If you can forage or hunt then you'll be extending that time considerably. If you have some basic equipment that you've either brought, made or scrounged, your chances of survival have improved again. But no matter how much provisions you may have, if you don't know how to strike a match or filter water you may as well lay down and die.
I cant drum this in to people enough. Knowledge is everything, everything, everything. Equipment and provisions just make life more comfortable. The more knowledge and provisions you have the longer you're leave of stay will be. With this luxury taken care of you'll be able to be generous to your fellow man, by either teaching him the necessary skills, or by sharing your bounty because you'll be able to help provide for their short comings. This is something you'll have to decide at the time in hand.
Here at Survival Instinct UK. I'm trying to fill the gap between bushcraft, survival and preparedness. There are various trains of thought in regards to preparedness, but I personally roll, bushcraft, survival, self sufficiency and permaculture into one. There is no dividing lines between any of them as one goes hand in hand with the next. There are lots of abbreviations in the "Preppers" world, Prepper being preparedness, BOB or bug out bag, most are derived from American military terms. I do try not to go down these routes as, 1. we're not American, and 2 we're not American Military. I'll use long words such as grab bag, this could have any number of acronym attached to it, but its something you're just going to grab and get out with. Survival tins/kits speak for themselves.
Over the years that i've been into preparedness, i've not only learned the obvious, fire, water, shelter, food, I've looked at food storage, canning, preserving, dehydrating, smoking, pickling, wine making, all good and well learning to preserve food, but the foods got to come from somewhere and if it all goes belly up, where's it coming from? Grow it yourself. So I looked more and more at growing foods, not just content with planting seeds in the ground I searched for more efficient methods of growing, settling on Aquaponics as a long term method of sustainable survival food production.
More to follow.