I’m a Prepper…You’re a Prepper…Wouldn’t You Like to be a Prepper too?

There’s a Reason I Use the Term Self-Reliant.

I raised a family in the Midwest, out in the country, where power failures were year-round events as common as the next thunderstorm, tornado, ice storm, wind storm or snowstorm.

fresh vegetables and fruitsI grew most of our food in an organic garden, canned, dried and froze the excess food for use during the winter and spring, until next harvest in the summer and fall.

I baked bread, all meals were home cooked and many household items were handmade or sewn.

Our home had a furnace, but we found it more economical and warm to use a wood stove – which did double duty as a cook stove during power outages. We used kerosene lamps during those times as well.

A power outage was a mere blip in our normal routines. No big deal.

Back then, no one would have termed me a “conspiracy theory wacko”.

But today, because of television and social media, those of us who still have those years of preparedness hard-wired in our psyche might be called a “doomsday prepper” or worse. What changed? Has our technology lulled us into a false sense of security?

Mother Nature has no qualms about humbling us into submission whenever “we get a little too big for our britches”.

Sure, I live in the city now, and I don’t have my huge garden any more. But I do know how to grow food and prepare it for storage. I know how to prepare meals ‘from scratch’. I know how to sew and mend. I know how to purify water. I keep first aid items handy. And I still have that mindset of keeping food and water on hand for unforeseen circumstances.

Call me whatever name you wish, I can see no folly in being prepared for power failures and lack of water due to some type of weather or natural disaster…which means I’m also prepared for anything worse that might come across our path, such as an unanticipated loss of a job or unseen serious health issues that keep us from work.

Do I live in fear? Hardly. Preparedness doesn’t mean fear of the future.

It doesn’t have to mean we build bunkers in our backyard. It doesn’t mean you have to stockpile food for five years. It doesn’t mean you have to be off grid out in the wilderness somewhere. Being prepared can be as simple as knowing that you have the basics on hand to care for your family in a time of need. We do the best we can, don’t worry about what we can’t control, and know that it is far better than if we didn’t prepare at all.

My blog is where I share some of the inventive and ingenious ways people have re-purposed household items to help make life easier in times of power outages and natural disasters. I share home remedies and food preservation ideas. I share my knowledge of gardening and home cooking. I think it’s a tribute to mankind that we can use our brains in this way.

As for me, it’s all about being more self-reliant—in everything I do.

I hope you’ll join me.

And I’m curious–in what ways do you prepare for times of need?

 

2 Comments

  1. Kenneth

    It’s a shame the word “prepper” has a sort of negative connotation now so we have to resort to “rebranding” ourselves. But I suppose saying you’re “self reliant” does give a better picture of what really being a prepper is all about.

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    • indy

      Kenneth, thank you so much for reading and commenting! It IS a shame that prepper has such a negative connotation. When I decided to start referring to myself as “self-reliant” it was after carefully studying my own mindset. Yes, I do prep for emergencies (including economic), natural disasters and civil unrest. But I realized that in the bigger, longer-term picture, what would be most beneficial to survival for me (because of my age) would be knowledge and experience. Example of skills I can share: growing a garden, canning and preserving food, baking bread, making butter and cottage cheese, meals made from scratch, sewing, as well as a variety of woodland survival skills. I realized that these skills are more about living a life as a self-reliant person vs only prepping. Although, I’m sure that to people like you and me, they are one in the same. Thanks again for stopping by – it’s very much appreciated!

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