When you first start looking at survival and preparedness websites or see shows like “Doomsday Preppers” you see how much people have done to prepare. You can’t help but be impressed at their extensive stockpiles, skills and survival retreats. Then comes the inevitable downer: you compare your puny one month worth of food to their one year’s worth of food and feel like you haven’t made any progress at all.
I know because I have been there. Being limited by lack of space, I know I will not be coming close to a year’s worth of supplies anytime soon. I have felt inadequate and insecure about my own efforts and wonder if it’s even worth it.
I pick myself up from the dumps when I realize where I was 18 months ago before I started preparing. I barely had a week’s worth of food, a couple of days worth of water, with only a change jar of pennies for cash. Back then, I did not realize the value of acquiring skills like gardening, bread making or water purification. I realize how much further along I am now, compared to where I was before. This makes me feel a lot better. So the next time you start to feel like your efforts have not amounted to much, stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, think about where you were before you started to prepare. If you are just starting out, realize that at least you have made an important decision to become more prepared and self-reliant. Do a little bit each week: buy a few supplies, or learn a new skill. You will be amazed and gratified at how far you have come.