Back during the 1992 Republican National Convention, Pat Buchanan talked about “Taking Back” our streets. That put a lot of people in the other camp on edge with thoughts that if the Republicans had a second term, especially under Buchanan, there would be a police-state looking system put in place. Well that was 19 years ago and we hadn’t made some of the turns that we have now. I hear those words used fairly often in different settings and it always seems like the society has changed and something we used to have or do has been hijacked by someone and we need to take it back. At lesat 3 times I have said the words “I want my life back.” Whenever I say it I mean that I’ve gotten involved with things and people that are taking up too much of my time and sucking the life out of me.
3 years ago I got into conspiracy theories and conspiracy media pretty heavily and I have felt quite a bit of despair after watching about two or three weeks worth of videos. In spring of 2010 I woke up from that and realised that I felt powerless and was unhappy. That’s when I started looking into preparedness and modern survivalism. I did not do this to “take back” control because I haven’t had any…not only have I not had any control I have been ignorant of the fact. I became a prepper to force control into chaos, to create in my life the control that for a long time I had been feeling did not exist. Preparedness allows me to feel help-full instead of helpless. I still listen to some doom and gloom broadcasts but instead of sitting around, wringing my hands and hoping, with bitten nails, that the shit will pass me by on its way to the fan, I am doing something everyday so my fan can withstand whatever comes its way.
The power was out for about a half hour this morning. I managed to get one candle lit and was using a flashlight. I went outside and checked with one of the neighbors to find out that it was the neighborhood and not just a circuit-breaker issue. There wasn’t time to test any other preps.