|Treasures from my home town|
So how does one remain motivated to keep preparing other than watching disaster pr0n and living off fear's adrenaline? One way that I have found is to deny yourself the satisfaction of prepping without truly earning it. And by that I don't mean spending your hard-earned wages on preps. I mean earning that prep by doing something prep-related to get it.
Let me give you an example. The adjustable wrenches pictured above were made by the Diamond Calk Horseshoe Company (later Diamond Tools) of Duluth, Minnesota. That happens to be my home town. Having grown up around Diamond Tools** my whole life, I can testify that tools like these would likely be inherited by my children. I am not going to wear out a Diamond adjustable wrench, much less 4 of them. And the price on Ebay, including shipping, was a mere $30 for all of them. Wrenches for life. How easy could this be?
Yes, I could have just put them on a plastic card. I'd have solid wrenches to add to the workbench and I'd be that much more tooled up for whatever comes. But a few years ago I promised myself that I would not spend just any old dollars on preps, but only dollars I earned from prep-related activities.*** So to get these masterful wrenches, I needed to restore and sell 3 reloading dies or sell 15 copies of The SHTF Stockpile, or maybe sell 5 boxes of horseradish crowns. I was not going to use wages, but I was going to use the motivation of need - well, of desire anyway - to advance my prepping on 2 fronts at once.
In the end I sold the dies. The money from the first went into replacement dies, while the money from the other two brought me four adjustable wrenches that are now part of my SHTF Stockpile. I got my preps, I restored a few tools, I provided prep items to three other people. What's most valuable prep-wise is that I didn't rely on my current job to do it, I used my preps to increase my preps.
Preparation is much more than having stuff. It's having the tools and the skills to get the stuff you need. Find a prep-related way to get that and not only will you stay motivated, you'll advance your other preps at the same time.
* Subconsciously expecting, I guess, that those freeze-dried green beans will taste even better in 2034 than they don't today.
** as many liberated by employees as purchased on the open market.
*** After the absolute basics, which I already had.