The ongoing crisis in Japan is getting a lot of people thinking and talking about preparedness. Sitting around the lunch table recently, some co-workers were talking about possible disasters, and their take on preparedness.
Two ladies mentioned they had bought handguns and were starting to go to the gun range. This produced an amused, slightly nervous reaction from the table, as someone chimed in, “Well if things fall apart, we are going to your house!” One guy mentioned he is really worried about being unprepared and wanted to start buying emergency supplies. He had been looking at survival websites and thinking about how to protect his family from emergencies. However, he was in the minority. Most of the group felt 72 hours of food and water should be enough and not worry about anything else.
I asked the worried guy, how does his wife feel about getting prepared. He said she understood the need for it, and agreed to buy a little extra at Costco, but just wanted to be left alone and lead a “normal life.”
This got me to thinking, what is defined as “normal?” I used to think “normal” was working for a paycheck then going to the mall to shop and get all the latest fashions and gadgets because “I deserve it, I worked hard!” Not anymore though. I realized normal should include appreciating what we already have, being good stewards of our money and should also include preparing for any emergency so you can continue to have some comforts if or when a disaster hits. As I saw from the group, this is still a minority view. After the brief discussion, most of the people in the group started talking about the clothes and shoes they bought at the mall the previous weekend, then everyone went on their merry way.
What does “normal” mean to you?