Being out at sea makes it difficult to get prepared in a physical and material way so instead, this week I tackle the survival mindset. For myself, the survival mindset is a daily reminder of my commitment to preparedness and self-reliance.
My goal this week is to help survival newbies with the inspiration and the courage to embark upon the path of independence by becoming prepared for the unexpected contingencies of life.
So I begin with the mantra (which I will shout): Survivalist is not a dirty word!
If you have been following this blog for awhile, you will know that for all intents and purposes, SurvivalWoman (me) is not a traditional “survivalist”. Instead, I take the concept of survivalism and apply it to my own set of circumstances and life choices. My definition is mine, and mine alone. As yours is yours – as it should be.
But wait? What brought this on? While chatting with a fellow passenger about the current economy, I mentioned George Ure’s Urban Survival as website he would likely enjoy. Oh my gosh! I might as well mentioned the porn-of-the week website. The first words out of his mouth were: “No way am I a survivalist. No way!”.
Since when did Survivalist or Survivalism become a dirty word?
Off I went to the ship’s library to see if I could find a respected definition for these terms.
From Miriam Webster:
Survivalism: An attitude, policy or practice based on the of primacy of survival as a value.
Survivalist: One who advocates or practices survivalism. Also, one who has prepared to survive in the anarchy of an anticipated breakdown of society.
From the New Oxford American Dictionary:
Survivalism: The policy of trying to insure one’s own survival or that of one’s social or national group.
Nothing scary here. Nothing weird. Nothing kooky. And certainly nothing to hide from or be ashamed of. Survivalism as a mindset means developing a plan to exist in a healthy, secure, and positive manner with adequate food, clothing, and yes, sources of enjoyment without the fear of helplessness or lack of total control.
To those that believe that a survivalist is gun toting weirdo that lives in the woods, rarely communicates with other humans, and is a scary extremist, I say this:
- How would you deal with a natural disaster in your home town? Would you have readily accessible first aid supplies? Would you have food? Would you have water?
- If the transportation system around you was disabled for a period of time (a week or a month) could you cope? What if fuel for your vehicle or to heat your home was not available?
- In the case of a national emergency such a terrorist attack, how would you communicate with loved ones?
These are just a few questions you should ask yourself. Practical questions with infinitely useful answers once you take the time to determine survivalism in your own words and under your own terms.
As I write this post I am surrounded by a myriad of distractions to delight the senses. Call me an evangelist, but even in the fantasy of a cruise ship environment, I must remind myself and those around me of the survivalist mindset. In addition, I must remind myself that I must continue to define survivalism in my own unique terms and not be stuck with definitions that are outdated or simply not suitable to my own needs.
How about you? Have you taken the time to create your own survival mindset? Do you have the courage to go public and help others develop the survival mindset? I sure hope so.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!
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