I read through as many Preparedness, Homesteading, Survival and Off the Grid sites as I can, as I’m sure many of you do, searching for new ideas to help propel us through this journey. However, sometimes I stumble across those who apparently just can’t wait for a SHTF event, or others that accuse us of the same. I explained previously that we are not Doomsday Preppers (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but rather Lifestyle Preppers – preparing a little bit each day/week/month for what can and will happen. Your parents/grandparents called it ‘saving up for a rainy day.’ We are certainly not hoping or looking forward to a catastrophic event, but simply making sure we are as prepared as possible when something does happen. I certainly am not looking forward to being without AC on a hot summer day or without electricity, running water or other comforts we’ve come to enjoy. I enjoy relaxing after work in a comfortable home, having a nice meal, maybe watching a movie or listening to music; enjoying the life that we have built for ourselves. However, I also read the news every day and understand that the world is getting crazier all the time and that the potential for war, attacks on our infrastructure or economic collapse are real and loom larger by the day. I understand that a national debt in excess of $20 TRILLION is a recipe for economic disaster. I understand that there are enemies of the United States that will do anything to bring harm to us. I understand that the lifestyle we’ve come to enjoy could quickly become a thing of the past. I hope there is a better future, an opportunity to turn things around and avoid disaster, but I fear there is not. I hope to enjoy a comfortable retirement here in the mountains of Tennessee, but I wouldn’t bet my life on it. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.