Do you know how lucky you are? Each of us have our own problems. Some more than others. I don’t care who you are, we all have problems. So it got me to thinking how lucky most of us are.
It also reminds me how fragile our lives are and how the things we depend upon can disappear in an instant.
If it comes to you from somewhere else or takes a spider’s web of logistics to get to you it can be gone in the blink of an eye. Things like blue jeans from China and olive oil from Italy can become unavailable. Boots, shoes, shirts and underwear made in the Philippines may not be coming in those big shipping containers. Cheap tools, generators, batteries and electronics from Asia could be next to impossible to find. The day may come when lanterns, light bulbs, masks, ammo and spare parts get scarce. You may not be able to find oranges and pineapples north of 40′ in the winter. Anything with a made in somewhere other than where you live could get real expensive.
Even those things close by could get undependable. Electricity, hot running water, cold running water, telephone and cell phone service, natural gas, sewers and heat can all be interrupted. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to have plans in place to have backup, redundant or substitute systems in place for as many of these things as you possibly can.
You could wake up in the morning and discover that the gas stations, supermarkets and banks/atms in your town are all closed too. We are already seeing some governments closing and some towns shutting off street lights to save money. This fall and winter we will see schools and colleges close due to the flu.
Rule #1 – don’t take things for granted.
Rule #2 – plan for their absence.
GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY © even in the rain.