It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I (wanna) feel fine.
But I don’t. Far from it.
News of natural – as well as very unnatural – disasters is rampant. We’re inundated with reports of war, terrorism, wildfires, and drought. Seeking peace of mind, I find myself devising ways to save our ailing planet, only to realize the futility.
Perhaps selfishly, I begin to worry about what the future will look like, especially as the situation becomes more dire. Where do I want to be and what people would I like to be surrounded by when it “all goes down”?
What I know is that I don’t want to be in a city of one-million-plus people fighting over bottled water and the last bag of chips at the supermarket. Am I catastrophizing? Maybe. Maybe not.
I refocus on what I can control. It turns out that it isn’t much, but it’s enough.
What I CAN do is create a life that offers security in a very uncertain world. We’re taught at an early age of the three basic human needs – food/water, shelter and clothing. I think it’s time to go back to basics and do whatever I can to ensure these needs will continue to be met. I’ll feel a lot more comfortable knowing I have a reliable water source, the ability to grow (some of) my own food and generate an energy supply, all with the support of a community of like-minded people who will look out for one another.
I don’t know about you, but approaching the future empowered by self-sufficiency and with the support of a community sounds a lot better than being robbed for my last Cliff bar.