Life is full of surprises. Sometimes they’re happy ones. Other times they’re downright unpleasant. And a life changing event can come along which we’re simply not prepared for, inspite of our best prepping efforts.
It doesn’t have to be a natural disaster or economic upheaval either. As James Talmage Stevens (a.k.a. Doctor Prepper) has put it, an event in our personal lives can come along that ends the world as we know it.
That was the emphasis when I interviewed Donna Miller on DestinySurvival Radio for August 9, 2012, about her family’s year of hardship. She said to be ready for something you haven’t prepared for, and to be ready for the uncertainty it brings.
Health matters certainly qualify as life changers. Whether you know someone who’s been through a major medical event, or whether you’ve been through one yourself, you know what I’m talking about.
In late July 2012 my good friend Gerald had a heart attack, minor stroke and was seriously dehydrated when my wife and I found him. Since we were the closes thing to family as well as his power of attorney, life changed irrevocably for him and us.
Well known prepper and blogger Riverwalker had his share of the unexpected that summer, too. In June he had a heart attack, surgery and the subsequent recovery. He was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio to talk about it and to give guidance for preppers based on his experiences. If you read Riverwalker’s blog you may recall seeing something about all of this in a post he wrote called surviving a life changing event.
Thankfully, at the time we chatted, Riverwalker was recovering well. With positive goals in mind for the future, he planned to go back to work at his regular full time job.
Couched in the midst of the description of Riverwalker’s situation, you’ll find simple, but profound principles. Here are a few.
- Practice maintenance by taking care of yourself, just as you do for your home and vehicles.
- Your routine may change dramatically, and you’ll be forced to substitute one routine for another.
- You must manage your time differently as certain new activities become necessary.
- What happens to you has a ripple effect on those around you.
- When you’re vulnerable and dependent on others, you come to appreciate the value of other people and what they do for you.
- Build a good emergency fund.
- Build your support network among family, friends, coworkers, etc., by practicing the Golden Rule of doing for others what you’d like them to do for you.
- Do what you can to keep a positive outlook.
Near the end of my visit with Riverwalker, we talked about his series of blog articles on building a small DIY survival kit. He had certain criteria in mind which can’t be met by an inexpensive Altoid tin kit. Devices for signalling are among the most essential items.