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Prepping can be a bit confusing and a bit overwhelming when you first start down the path. It seems like, along with all your other debts and needs, suddenly you have a whole bunch of new things that are going to cost you money. It can start to feel like a big checklist full of dollar signs. It’s an ugly way to start your preparedness story.
Instead of looking at prepping as a bunch of things you need to buy and store, you have to think about changing your lifestyle completely. Simply put you need to live a life of self-sufficiency. When you start doing things like growing food, healing naturally, raising livestock, hunting, fishing, woodworking, blacksmithing, building, painting and doing much of the things you need on your own, you will feel the difference.
Suddenly you will feel like you are part of something rather than just buying things. You will become part of a way of life that is thousands of years old. You will feel more alive than you ever have. It’s a powerful thing.
The engine of preparedness truly is self-sufficiency.
Taking the biggest plunge involves jumping into a life of homesteading. This is a serious sink or swim commitment that you are going to get wrapped up in. It will become your way of life because it has to. Raising food, canning it and preserving will be a big part of how you feed your family through the winter.
Doing things like traditional woodworking or blacksmithing will give you a skill and a level of self-sufficiency that is hard to beat. These are also skills that work together and can be built upon.
Powering your home, to some degree, using the sun or the wind is a great way to live more self sufficiently.
There are many options out there and you can go as far as you want. Just be prepared to struggle a bit.