Brigid has a terrific post regarding prepping. Not so much the specifics, but the attitude. You should go read it!
The key line is the final one:
Being prepared is harder work than remorse, a lesson that as individuals and a nation, we often learn the hard way.
I’ve thought much of prepping – ever since the onset of survivalism (ala Mel Tappan) in the 70s. But rarely have had the resources to do it properly. And I’m no former specops guy; wasn’t a Boy Scout, and as an older, infirmed, overweight, crippled American on regular medication, there is much I cannot do. Not to mention my income was cut 60% a few years back – due to my disabilities. It’s not as if I can shave a couple gold bars to trade for some cases of ammunition and Metformin. I’ve no gold bars.
But Brigid’s post brought up for me the mindset. After all, didn’t Sun Tzu say we first fought with our minds? I may not be able to have a survival bunker in the wilderness stocked with food, fuel, ammo, gold and water. Hell, if TEOTWAWKI arrives, or even an earthquake or a bank run, I won’t panic and expect my government to take care of me.
I can fend for myself. That’s the beginning.