This is a guest post by Old Geezer and entry for our non-fiction writing contest.
I start off admitting the purpose of this is to rile up people. Reading most of the postings about surviving “the catastrophe” (whatever form it takes) always leave me chuckling. When you reach a certain age, options for the future take on a different perspective.
My wife and I are in our middle sixties. Some days I still think we are young with years and years before us. Reality sets in when the joints start to creak and doctor’s visits replace party time. With age come some pluses and minuses and maybe some advise looking back may help some younger preppers.
Being older means we already posses just about everything – tools, guns, vehicles and to some degree, wealth. Through frugal living, my wife and I have built up nest egg, invested in tangible assets and made a good life. There are very few “things” we need or want so spending money actually becomes hard (believe it or not). It is never too late to change your ways and only spend your money/time on investments that will be there for your future needs. Everything we own is paid off so very little outside our control affects our life style. You have to exercise patience because you won’t be happy if you are looking for instant gratification.
Every month throughout our 40 years together has been an exercise in doing more with less. We only purchase cars/trucks for cash to keep insurance costs down. Our computers are not the latest and greatest. No cell phone graces our abode. Our house is modest but totally up to date. We buy food for month or two at a time except for perishables. We don’t have a years worth of food stored up but do always have enough that we would make it for a while. One advantage of getting older is that you don’t need as much food as one used to.
This is where I’ll rile up some – if the SHTF, I don’t care! At 64, I’m NOT going to live in the forest and live on nuts and berries. I’ve also lived long enough to know that the end of the world has been predicted over and over and it hasn’t happened yet. My parents lived through the depression and we grew up on stories about how they lived. Yes, they had a garden. Yes, they had no luxuries. No, they didn’t starve. No, wandering hoards did not invade. Worrying about the Apocalypse will not help.
So, what is our plan if something bad comes down? We go back to living the lifestyle we did growing up in the ’50s. We read books instead of watching TV. We adjust our schedule to the sun – remember early to bed, early to rise? We eat less but eat better (fewer prepared meals and more from scratch). When something breaks, we fix it. We cooperate with our neighbors. We live like we were trained in the Boy Scouts.
I admit that we can do this because we do not live in an urban area. In 1981 we got smart and bailed out of the big city. We made the leap with no job prospects and not much money in our pockets. We built a very successful business in a rural area through hard work, honest dealings and the grace of God.
Now comes advise from 64 years of living a rewarding life. DON’T SPEND IT UNLESS YOU HAVE TO. A shinny new car is not going to make you more appealing. Drinking a certain scotch will not help you with the opposite sex. Always sleep on any monetary decision. GET OUT OF THE CITY. The city will destroy your soul! Have faith in your ability and God to provide. If you are willing to take a chance, the United States is still the best country in the world to build your own future. FIND A SIGNIFICANT OTHER TO SHARE YOUR LIFE. Two might not be able to live as cheap as one but two people dedicated to each other can do the work of four people. LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY. Learn to plumb or weld. Build something. Learn to drive a tractor or truck. Anything you learn will pay dividends every day. THE 10 COMMANDMENTS ARE THERE FOR A REASON. Five simple things that will make your life much better.
If the SHTF, my wife and I might not live long but we already have. I remember a saying about life that should be held by everybody. It went something like “I ran the bases as hard as I could and at the end I slid into home plate bloody, bruised and beat up but I jumped up and cried: MAN, WHAT A RIDE”. We can’t live forever so make it count.
How many old timers feel like we do? It would be great to hear you thought.
Prizes for this round in our non fiction writing contest include…
- First place winner will receive – A Volcano Grill courtesy of LPC Survival a $134.99 value, a $150 gift certificate for Remington ammunition courtesy of LuckyGunner, a 60 serving bucket of Wise Freeze Dried Food courtesy of EmergencyFoodWarehouse.com and a Wonder Junior Deluxe grain meal a $219.95 value courtesy of Kitchen Neads and a USB Portable VPN courtesy of unspyable a $275 value. Total prize value of $899.99.
- Second place winner will receive – A Sopakco Sure – Pak MRE – 12 Meals courtesy of Campingsurvival.com, a $98.95 value, a Tatsu360 Tenkara Rod a $72.00 value courtesy of Dragontail Tenkara and a one year subscription to Personal VPN service, a $100 value, courtesy of unspyable. Total prize value of $270.95.
- Third place winner will receive – a copy of my book ”31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness“ courtesy of TheSurvivalistBlog.net and a copy of “The Survival Medicine Handbook” courtesy of www.doomandbloom.net.
Be sure to read the rules before entering… This contest will end on November 10 2013