A few years back, I wrote about Prepping as a form of activism. In one of the comments, a reader coined the term Prepper-Activist, or Practivist for short. He went on to say that it does not matter what we are called, as long as we prepare the best we can for whatever the future may bring our way.
Another reader said that a hundred years ago most people did, as a matter of course, what preppers do today. People who didn’t were called slackers. Now that irresponsibility is the norm and what used to be normal is called activism. I could not agree more. Activism does not have to manifest itself in marching, carrying signs, and making a lot of noise. It can be a quiet, individual thing that we do to affect change in our personal lives.
So why this, and why now? I have been reading through hundreds of comments that have come in during the last week and am more convinced then ever that the boogeyman is out there waiting to pounce.
So who is that bogeyman? Start reading through the comments to this week’s Prepper Book Festival 13: A Simple Man and take your pick.
I am being a bit redundant in repeating what has been written before so let me summarize for you the six qualities of an activist, and by extension, a “Practivist”.
Six Qualities That Define the Prepper Activist
1. Commitment: The Activist gets things done. He does not merely dream, he acts. Tenacity and perseverance are a way of life.
2. Education and Knowledge: The Activist is always learning a new skill. He makes an outward effort to stay informed of issues that may threaten survival and the world and society at large.
3. Positive Attitude: Activists are upbeat and enthusiastic about their mission. Naysayers do not discourage their efforts one iota. To the contrary, that makes the activist work even harder to accomplish his goals.
4. Communication: An Activist will speak up when sneaky corporations and corrupt or ineffective politicians try to control his destiny. Even when his voice is lost in the wilderness of corruption, it is still a voice that will never give up.
5. Problem Solving: An Activist may not know it all, but he will figure it out for better or for worse. Complacency or inaction because “you don’t know how” does not exist in the activist’s life.
6. Passion: An Activist is charged with the fire and passion to make things happen.
If these qualities sound familiar, you are both a Prepper and an Activist. In your own way, you are setting a course to change the world. You may not think so, but in my view, that is exactly what you are doing one day at a time, one bean at a time, and one skill at a time.
With so many newbies coming to this site of late, I want to pass on a bit of encouragement. There will be some days when you feel as though you are all alone in your quest, fighting a battle that can not be seen or heard. The battle is one of preparedness and is one that will serve you well if only to give you the ability sleep at night secure in the knowledge you can take care of yourself.
You are not a crazy nut job nor are you a chest-thumping radical striking out to be different. Mostly you are a silent soldier on a quest of self-sufficiently. Congratulations. You have arrived.
Additional Reading: Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism
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The Final Word
I don’t know abut you, but the feeling of frustration at never being quite ready enough is frustrating. In my own case this has been coupled with a move that required me to abandon many of my preps and start over. There have been days this past month where I have felt like a newbie.
All that being said, I can also become my own cheerleader and in some respects, that keeps me going. So hang in there, continue to store food and water and to learn pioneer skills that will see you though massive chaos, should it occur. Don’t become your own bogeyman.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: It has been a while since I have written about essential oils and yet they are still a big part of my survival wellness plan. As a carrier oil for diluting the oils, I use my own Simple Salve which you can whip up yourself in minutes. Below you will find links to everything you need to make your own Simple Salve, an all-natural alternative to petroleum jelly. Want to learn more? Read DIY Simple Salve: An All Purpose, All Natural Ointment and Carrier Oil.
Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz: I ordered the white pastilles but have since learned that the natural yellow pastilles are better. That said, the difference may not be discernable – just be sure that what you purchase is cosmetic grade.
Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions is my preferred coconut oil. I love it so much I purchased a 5 gallon tub. Really, I did! I find it very silky to work with and love the taste when used in cooking. Note that no refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees. The Nutiva brand from Amazon or Costco works well too.
Kirkland Brand “Pure” Olive Oil: This is the brand I use. When I can, I purchase it at Costco but it is also available online at Amazon.
White Plastic Jar with Dome Lid 2 Oz (12 Per Bag): I chose to use these small ointment jars rather than Mason jars for my salve. I also have similar jars in the 1 ounce size and 1/2 ounce size (my favorite for mixing up various salve and essential oil concoctions).
Ball Jar Crystal Jelly Jars: Used with the optional plastic lids, these are perfect for your DIY Simple Salve.
Mason Jar Storage Caps Set of 8: These are fantastic! These plastic lids screw onto a mason jar and are perfect in the pantry or to cap you salves. There is both a regular and a wide mouth version. I can’t believe I have not mentioned these before!
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: One of my favorite SN products is the “Health and Wellness Kit” which includes all of my favorites plus everything you need to make my custom salves. Be sure to use the discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to receive a 10% discount.
NOW Foods Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals. For healing purposes, I feel they are superior. On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price from Amazon. Here are a few to get you started: NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil and Now Foods Lavender Oil.
Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: I bought a package of these and loved them. When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead glass droppers. Learn from my mistake. The price is the same so get the glass ones.
Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition: I thought long and hard before purchasing this book myself, but once I did, I was so grateful I took the leap. The information is cross referenced in many ways making it easy to find what you are looking for. When searching for a particular remedy, you may see multiple oils listed and any will work but they are presented in order of typical efficacy. The nice thing is that if you do not have #1 on hand, you can move down the list. I have found the recommendations to be spot on.
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