Becoming More Self-Sufficient - Do It Yourself (DIY)
A lot of emphasis is put on survival products and building a storehouse of stuff for an emergency. But, what happens when our funds are used up and the storehouse is bare? What's left?
This posting is focused on what you can't get in the store - Experience! When skills are learned, self-reliance is the byproduct. Instead of picking up the phone and pay someone else to fix that leaky faucet, get some tools and a book and learn how to do it yourself. Instead of buying food, learn how to grow it at home. Instead of doing what we all take for granted, begin to realize that you can do it yourself. Little by little, self-sufficiency will emerge and expand to every area of life.
Take baby steps. Taking on too much at once, can be discouraging. Do one project at a time; a small one at first; then progress to larger ones to build confidence.
Get all the details before starting a project so frustration doesn't set in by having to start and stop because something was omitted. The Internet (and library) is filled with resources to help. YouTube is my friend.
The formulation of independent solutions will emerge. In time, doing for yourself will modify your thinking patterns. Instead of being told what to do and how to do it, your brain will starting figuring it out. For me, it can take quite a while before I start a project. I plant the idea in my head, gather all the information I can, and let it stew in my brain until I have all I need to start the project. Think beyond store-bought solutions.
Learn to be self-reliant; the alternative is being one of the hoards of victims/users/takers that will exist, and may be knocking on your door, when an emergency happens. If you are browsing this and similar blogs, you have the potential and interest to be self-reliant BEFORE that day comes. Here are some suggestions to start the journey:
- Stay in good physical shape. Diet, exercise and staying away from smoking, drinking and drugs are your first-line defenses to survive a disaster situation.
- Be prepared. Document an emergency plan. At the very least, build a 72-hour Emergency Kit.
- Develop intuition (gut feelings) instead of relying only on rational thinking.
- Develop a survivor personality (flexible, cool-headed, don't give up, accept mistakes and move on). Be adaptable and flexible to change, even in your emergency plan. Life itself is already unpredictable. An emergency will only make things less stable and predictable.
- Build personal survival relationships based on moral and upright principals and character and not on their skillset or what they have. People without morals and upright principals will abandon or turn against you.
- Expand your information sources to different opinions (than what you may like to hear), news broadcasts (foreign and domestic) and cultures
- Learn First Aid
- Learn self-defense
- Secure your premises
- Take a hands-on, practical, basic survival course or go camping and hiking regularly. Occasionally get away from your creature-comforts zone. Know how to build a fire, how to build a primitive shelter, how to find water and how to purify water.
- Learn the "Universal Plant Edibility Test"
- Identifying, gathering and preparing Wild Edible Plants for food
- Learn Ham Radio Operations
- Gardening: Soil, Aeroponics, Hydroponics
- Produce your own electricity without the use of fossil fuels: Solar - Wind - Water (Hydro)
- Staying Warm in the Winter and Cool in the Summer - Naturally
- Hunting, Trapping and Preparing animals (rural and urban) for food
- Soap making from scratch with fat and lye
- Making Ethanol to use as fuel in combustion appliances (after modification), beverage (moonshine), antiseptic or deodorant
- Make your own Personal Care Products
- Making natural Yeast
- Making your own Antibiotics from plants or Medical cures or treatments from Colloidal Silver
- Food Canning and Preservation
- Entertainment and Fun Stuff - Survival doesn't always have to be work. More fun stuff
- Learn how to make your own weapons from common items
- Reloading ammunition
- If you own or want a firearm, take a personal/home defense firearms training class and not just a class that only shows you how to shoot.
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