So you’ve put up about a couple years worth of food; have a good water supply, have taken some small unit tactics and marksmanship courses firing sevreal thousands of rounds from all your platforms, have equipment for the entire family, and bingo, you’re set….right?
Nope. Knowledge, skill sets, and preps all have a shelf life. When you stop training and prepping, the ‘oxidization’ sets in and starts to corrode that which you’ve worked so hard to keep sharp and ready.
Keeping oneself aware of the global, national, regional, and local situations’ deterioration on a daily basis should provide the impetus to sustain your personal motivation. But, being flawed human beings, we can get apathetic which leads to a more terrible condition: boredom.
While it is commonly acknowledged in many circles that uncontrolled fear is the mind-killer, boredom is the activity killer.
Don’t fall prey to any of the ‘spirit killers.’
Make yourself do PT. Change up the routines. Take a short (I mean short) break if needs be.
Make yourself do dry-fire. At least 3 times a week for 5 lousy minutes a pop.
Make yourself check and re-pack your GOOD ruck. Quarterly or more frequently.
Make yourself save your pennies and get into classes taught all around the country, such as our Train the Trainer 1 – Essential Skills next scheduled for 7 -10 August. (Digression: This is not about DTG’s courses over others. Sure, we want folks to train wit hus. However, we have, and will continue to, promote classes taught by Mason Dixon Tactical, Max Velocity, Sierra 12, Georgia Force on Force, and Mosby. Each school shares commonality of purpose and concern for participants while teaching the valuabe Neighborhood Protection Team skills essential for force multiplication should things go South.)
Make yourself rotate through your prep stocks. Check expiration dates, use old stock, replace it with new. Check your water, make sure you have plenty of Stabilized Oxygen, make sure you have a Sawyer Point Zero Two Bucket Kit for the house (also is mobile, so can GOOD with you if necessary).
Don’t stop getting together with your NPT for training as well as ‘social time’. It’s essential to keep the relationships strong and continue to build stronger trust. Barbecues, outings, social events: All these help your NPT forge strong bonds that will ensure the commitment necessary to see you through terrible times.
Don’t compromise on the standards you set for your NPT. It’s been often said that ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ and that ‘friendship robs strength from a team’. This can be true, but only if you let it. So long as you remember everyone on the team brings something of value, and that when it’s time to train, have a class, discuss a discipline problem, etc, you’ve entered a different compartment, and your personally devloped level of stoicism will set the stage.
Always remember that your age doesn’t have an impact on your motivation to train. Young or ‘more seasoned’, you have value and will be needed by your NPT when SHTF arrives. The minute you start thinking you don’t have value and might as well ‘hang up the spurs’, you’ve started down the terrible road of self-pity, which will lead to your own demoralization, apathy, boredom, and then inaction, where you will atrophy into nothing but a parasite.
Harsh words, I know, but true.
So, don’t let it happen to you. You might be the one and only anchor your NPT has. Even if you’re not the leader. You may be the motivator that keeps the leader coming back to train. Again. And again. And again.
Just know that taking on the responsibility to train and prep to keep your neighborhood, friends, and family safe from harm is a lifetime commitment, and each of them looks to you for strength and solace.
It sucks, sure, but in the immortal words of that anonymous person, “Embrace the Suck!”