Words of wisdom: 12 Important life lessons for preppers and non-preppers

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Prepping isn’t always about doom and gloom. This beneficial lifestyle also teaches important lessons that apply to both preppers and non-preppers, such as the importance of adaptability and self-sufficiency. (h/t to TimGamble.com)

Take responsibility for your own life

Preppers value their independence. Being self-reliant teaches you to be responsible for various aspects of your life, from the crops you grow in your home garden to the livelihood that gives you funds for your preps.

When SHTF, you remain in control of how you respond to different survival scenarios.

Prioritize your mental and physical health

Exercise regularly, follow a balanced diet, and manage your stress. Your overall well-being is closely tied to your happiness, success in life, and preparedness. (Related: Prepping for survival also prepares you for retirement.)

Learn to be adaptable

Life is unpredictable and when SHTF, your adaptability can help you survive.

Building healthy relationships is important

As the saying goes, “no man is an island.” This is true, especially when SHTF and having more people in your survival group can make everyone’s lives easier.

Meet new people and make friends who are interested in prepping and survival. Join local or online forums to learn from experienced preppers who are willing to teach newbies.

Honesty is truly the best policy

Living an honest life is fulfilling.

Preppers are loyal to their families and survival groups, and having a reputation as an honest and trustworthy person can save your life when SHTF. After all, people would rather trade with someone they can trust than with a stranger no one can vouch for.

Marriage can help you become a better person

Marriage is a partnership that requires commitment and hard work from both parties.

Marriage teaches you to become a better listener, which is essential for any lasting relationship. It also teaches you how to communicate well to avoid misunderstandings, which can snowball if one person misinterprets what the other is saying.

Don’t compare yourself to others

Don’t feel jealous of other people. Everyone faces different struggles and opportunities. Instead, compare your current self with your younger self.

Strive for improvement and try to become someone that will make your younger self proud. This kind of comparison is more effective and emotionally healthier than comparing yourself to other people.

Be financially responsible

Spend less, avoid debt, and save money. These common financial tips sound easy, but not many people are capable of these seemingly simple tasks.

Be frugal and spend your money wisely.

Find, make, or repurpose whenever you can

Be a builder, not a mindless consumer. Buy second-hand, recycle, or upcycle items to save money.

Build a meaningful family life, a homestead, or a business. If you truly need to buy things along the way, be smart about what you buy and who you buy from.

Buy fresh, organic food from local farmers and support small businesses whenever you can.

Prioritize quality over quantity

There’s more to life and preparedness than accumulating possessions.

Before you purchase anything, think about how often you’re going to use it. When buying gear or supplies for your preps, choose high-quality items instead of wasting money on cheaper alternatives that may fail when SHTF.

Take care of your belongings

It costs money to maintain your car or appliances, but it’s more expensive to replace broken parts. It pays to maintain your gear if you want to save more money in the long run.

Maintain a close relationship with God

When disaster strikes, you can maintain your inner peace through prayer and self-reflection.

Both experienced preppers and non-preppers can improve their lives by being more adaptable, responsible, and self-sufficient.

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