7 Ways to Recover When Life Sucks

7 Ways to Recover When Life Sucks | Backdoor Survival

You know what a curve ball is, right?  In baseball, the term curveball is used to describe a pitch of the ball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter.  In other words, it is a ball that is unexpected and when it arrives, it takes you by surprise.

Alas, in life, curve balls come out of nowhere all of the time.  Something unexpected happens that throws you off your game.  In the survival and prepping world, this could be a flood, a storm, a power outage or something more esoteric such as the loss of one’s job, ill health, or even financial collapse. 

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Survival Buzz: Relieve Stress By Taking Time for a Progress Check

Relieve Stress By Taking Time for a Progress Check | Backdoor Survival

Whereas I am not generally a doom and gloom person, sometimes I get both stressed and depressed over the state of the world, generally, and my country, specifically.  Furthermore, as much as I do like to stay informed, there are times when what I read is all too much and I just want to go hide under a rock somewhere.  The upcoming election is a good case in point.  Regardless of the outcome, my belief is that uncertain times are not over and further, bad times are right around the corner.

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Survival Buzz: Do Old Geezers Think or Care About SHTF?

Do Old Geezers Think or Care About SHTF | Backdoor Survival

The term old geezer has been around for as long as I can remember with the common definition being “an elderly man that is extremely old”.  That seems like an oxymoron to me but what do I know?

Wikipedia has this to say:  “Geezer is a slang term for a man. In the UK, it can carry the connotation of either age or eccentricity. In the US, the term typically refers to a cranky old man.”  Okay, so an old geezer is both eccentric and cranky.

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Survival Buzz: Preparedness Is A Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way

Preparedness Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way | Backdoor Survival

Call it a feeling but I sense the fear mongers are coming out of their closets and getting ready to scare the unsuspecting would-be preppers this summer.  Perhaps it is due to the upcoming conventions where our presidential candidates will be selected, or perhaps it is simply that time of year.

Whatever the reason, I am dismayed by the number of pitches reaching my inbox from less than credible sources.  Some of these sources are video marketing companies with no personal prepping experience, and others are so-called prepper-bloggers who are frauds.

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Tipping Our Hat to the Next Generation of Preppers

Tipping Our Hat to the Next Generation of Preppers | Backdoor Survival

Over the course of the last few months, I have given a lot of thought to the role of our more seasoned citizens as harbingers of the prepper movement.  Since I am very much a baby boomer, I throw myself into that lot.  As far as I am concerned, boomers are smart, funny, active, resourceful, and, for the most part, experts in perseverance.

Many of us are also MSH people, a term coined by my pal George Ure back in the early seventies.

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Survival Buzz: How to Move From the Mid-Way Point of Prepping

How to Move from Midway Point of Prepping | Backdoor Survival

Are you at the point where you are comfortable with your prepping progress?  By that I mean you have done enough to know you can get by if you have to, and, for better or for worse,  wonder if you have done enough.

If this describes you, I can relate.

As promised, this week I am going to tackle another one the questions that were posed during the April Lifestraw Go giveaway.  Robin asked:

My question…. When you’re feeling like you’re mid-way (of your personal goals/expectations), how do you decide what comes next?

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Survival Buzz: Stepping Up to Failure by Having a Plan B

Stepping Up to Failure by Having a Plan B | Backdoor Survival

Anyone who takes prepping seriously is bound to feel like a failure at one time or another.  Speaking from personal experience, I know that there have been many occasions where I simply can not get things right, regardless of the time and money I threw at it.

Being stubborn and bull-headed, I simply can not let it go. It seems the harder I try, and the longer I try, the more I fail.  Let me list some personal examples for you.

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10 Commandments of Survival You Need to Know About

The 10 Commandments of Survival | Backdoor Survival

These days, it’s easy to go about our business of survival and preparedness without stopping to think about the rules of engagement. For most of us, these rules are not written or spoken, but are simply something that has evolved over a period of time.

As I have expressed many times in the past, the burden of knowledge, or perhaps I should say the burden of truth and knowledge, can be a huge weight to bear. That, coupled with the crazy busy task of life during these uncertain times, can be overwhelming.

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30 Reasons Why You Might Be a Crazy Prepper Nut Job

30 Reasons Why You Might Be a Crazy Prepper Nut Job | Backdoor Survival

With 100% certainty, I know that I am perceived as one of those “crazy prepper nut jobs”.  I laugh at myself as I say this because like the story of the ant and the grasshopper, it is the crazy prepper nut job that is going to prevail following a disruptive event of any magnitude.

I first wrote about this back in December 2011, which, in prepper terms, is eons ago.  Back then, preppers were a novelty and were considered extremists. 

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How Not to Be a Victim and Survive A Terrorist Attack

How Not to Be a Victim and Survive A Terrorist Attack | Backdoor Survival

The world is abuzz with questions about the recent attack on the citizens of Paris.  How could this happen?  Why did this happen? And perhaps closer to home, could a similar horror happen to me?

I do not have any trite answers to ease your concern, shock, and panic over a seemingly random terrorist attack.  I can, however, share my own thoughts as well as those from some of the most trusted and credible people in my circle of colleagues.

Bracing for the New Reality

The first to weigh in is Richard Broome who reached out Friday evening, before the full scope of the tragedy was widely known. 

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The 10 Personality Traits of Successful Survivalists

The 10 Personality Traits of Successful Survivalists | Backdoor Survival

Have you ever noticed that most preppers have a lot in common? There are certain personality traits that seem to be present in nearly every single prepper and survivalist I have met, and the more prevalent these traits, the more successful they are at prepping and survival.

We do a lot of talking about what preppers do wrong, and about those mistakes and oversights that can get you killed, but today I want to focus on the positive: those core traits that will see you through the ups and downs of life, whether it’s in the midst of a major disaster or a daily inconvenience.

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Struggling With The Burden of Truth and Knowledge

Struggling With the Burden of Truth & Knowledge | Backdoor Survival

The burden of truth and knowledge has always been a struggle for me personally.  Some days, this struggle is so powerful that my head hurts from sorting through fact and innuendo; so much so that I just want to shout “enough” and give up the effort to stay enlightened.

I first wrote about the burden of truth and knowledge back in September 2012.  Sadly, not a whole lot has changed since then.  If anything, this struggle has become worse as we deal with increased threats of cyber terrorism and worse.

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Homesteaders and Preppers: We Are All On the Same Team

Homesteaders & Preppers: We Are On the Same Team | Backdoor Survival

I’m not sure why people so often feel the need to be smug and put down others for their self-reliance efforts. Maybe it’s because they need to feel superior. Maybe they don’t actually see the entire picture, and their opinions are based on only partial information. Maybe, giving the benefit of the doubt, they don’t realize how demoralizing their comments are to others who are doing the best they can with the resources they have.

The other day, I saw a comment that made me see red.

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What is the Baseline of Prepper Fitness?

What is the Baseline of Prepper Fitness | Backdoor Survival

Of the myriad of preparedness topics, one that is often shunned is that of prepper fitness.  It is easy to see why.  Fitness is hard work and with busy lives that border on frantic, we barely have time to go to work, do our chores, spend time with our families, then crash as our head hits the pillow each night.  Physical fitness?  What’s that?  And why is that important?

In the latest think piece from contributor Richard Broome, we ask that question within the context of a disruptive event and SHFT. 

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An Open Letter to Preppers: How to Conquer Self-Doubt

Open Letter to Preppers: How to Conquer Self Doubt | Backdoor Survival

There you are, going about your business, when it strikes.

The cashier rings up your purchase of sale items and you realize you just spent the equivalent of a car payment on canned food.  Or you realize you have more net worth in beans and silver coins than you do money in the bank. Or, after you spent all of this time, energy, and money prepping…and nothing happens.

Sometimes you start to think, “Maybe I’m crazy.”  You might begin to feel like you’re wasting your time. 

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We Prepare for Survival But Is It The Main Thing?

We Prepare for Survival - Backdoor Survival

In the past, I have written about the never ending list of things to do, the frantic pace of organizing preps, and the never ending quest to learn just one more sustainable skill.  Couple all of that with the burden of truth and knowledge that keeps you awake at night, and you have a recipe for frustration, exhaustion, and burn out.

There goes those words again.  Prepper burn out.

The truth is we all have a need for quiet, reflective, time whether we know it or not. 

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10 Reasons to Prepare for an Economic Collapse

10 Reasons to Prepare for an Economic Collapse - Backdoor Survival

It was not that long ago that the country of Greece suffered a devastating collapse of their economy.  At the time, there was a lot of blame game going on but, at the end of the day, it was years of irresponsible and unrestrained spending that took them down.  That, coupled with questionable accounting practices and misstated economic indicators left the Greek citizens befuddled and angry when the reality of a depression hit.

Could the same thing happen here?  Not to be depressing but in going through my own thoughts as I answer the question “What am I least prepared for?”, I realized that it was time for a wake-up call and time to re-evaluate my own preps within the context of an economic collapse.

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10 Ways to Stay Calm and Prepare for a Disruptive Event

10 Ways to Stay Calm and Prepare for a Disruptive Event - Backdoor Survival

Over a recent dinner at my place with like-minded friends, the conversation turned to the state of the world, our country, and society in general.  While this was supposed to be a fun evening and a much needed break from long work-days, the conversation became quite sobering as we started to rattle off all of the disruptive events that the four of us prepare for.  Events that may happen tomorrow or events that may never happen.

I began to squirm in my chair as I realized that each of us felt challenged both by the need to keep our preps up (meaning stuff and skills) and the need to live a joyful life. 

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Special Report: The Future is Now – Creating a Second Chance

The Future is Now: Creating a Second Chance - Backdoor Survival

On Saturday, while muddling through my morning coffee and emails, I thought back to a time eight years ago when there was more than one sleepless night spent worrying about our nation’s financial roller coaster.  At the time, both my savings and my personal retirement accounts were heavily invested in the stock market.

Then, on a single day in March 2009, life as I knew it changed.  I lost a major chunk of my investments and retirement savings.

All that is now history. 

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10 New Steps for Living a Strategic Life

10 New Steps for Living a Strategic Life - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to living a preparedness lifestyle, from the get go I have focused on what I like to call “prepping for the rest of us”.  To me, this has always meant embracing survival strategies that transcend the weird, the strange and the off-the-wall.

The focus is and has always been prepping for ordinary folks who simply want to reduce their dependency on others, regardless, or in spite of, the woes created by Mother Nature, big business, and, sadly, the government and its political machine.

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Agenda for Change: The American Prepper Movement

Agenda for Change American Prepper Movement - Backdoor Survival

Last month when I posted Define the Prepper Movement With A Call Action, I did not know what to expect.  One part of me thought, okay, I am going to put this out there and be run out of town for expressing such crazy ideas.  The other part of me dictated that I post the article because I believed in it.  Not posting would be paramount to selling out to what was popular as well as profitable in the prepper blogging community.

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5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community

5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community

One of the key strategies for every prepper is the formation of a prepper community.  Yet, as strategic as this may be, it is conceivably the most difficult of all of the prepper strategies.

There are issues, not the least of which is who do you trust, how much do you trust, and what are the limits that you place upon that trust?  Sadly, there are no easy answers.  That said, as I wrote in 10 Simple Strategies for Becoming A Prepper, this is something that needs to be addressed by each of us and the sooner the better.

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Define the Prepper Movement With A Call Action

Defining the Prepper Movement With a Call to Action |www.backdoorsurvival.com|

Back in the day, I was considered somewhat of an activist.  Although normally quiet, unassuming, and nerd-like, I fought for the end of political tyranny, power to the people, and women’s rights in the workplace.  I was a small voice in a big sea of voices, but, to this day, would like to believe I have made a difference.

Now, years later, in my own quiet away, I have proudly labeled myself as both a “Prepper” and a member of the Prepper Movement. 

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10 Simple Strategies for Becoming A Prepper

10 Simple Strategies for Becoming a Prepper - Backdoor Survival

No one really knows how many preppers exist in the world but it is safe to say that there are three to four million in the United states alone.  Even though at first blush this sounds like a huge segment of the population, in round numbers that is still only slightly more than 1% of the total US populace.  When you think about it, that is pretty shocking.

Who is going to take care of the remaining 99% percent of the population when a major disruptive event occurs? 

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16 Important Rules of Survival and Preparedness

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Having a survival mindset means you are always ready to take on new challenges, right?  Although I fully believe that new challenges are a good thing, it is sometimes downright frustrating to recognize that prep as we do, we are never really ready.

Part of the disconnect from being totally prepared is having the knowledge that we will never be able to prepare for everything.  As recently as four years ago, we were preparing for the end of the world as we know it and a global economic collapse. 

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