Fear Uncertainty Doubt.
It is our lot in life to live in a little bit of Fear. Fear of the furure that we think will be worse than what we have now. Fear of the unknown. It is good for us to feel that way as it is what is driving us to prepping. It makes us consider the way things could be, how we can prepare for that and it makes us learn more about the skills we will need so we can prepare for that future.
After a while though, uncertainty kicks in. Nothing has happened, you have spent money that could have been used elsewhere and time that you could have utilised elsewhere. It looks like nothing is happening as trigger points you thought would make a difference simply drift by without a hiccup. People still are dumb and nothing has changed so why should it ever change?
Doubt makes it’s appearance. How could I be so wrong? Even seasoned preppers and people you respect start to question the situation and you start to look at what you are doing. Am I wasting my time, effort and funds on something that will never happen?
What a dilemma you are in. I can assure you though that all of us go through this. It is usually when something goes wrong and you need some additional funds or you read someones negative comments. Many of us will give up at this point and become disheartened. So far though you are right, no events have occured and you have been wasting your time, effort and money. Most newbies fall away at this point after a couple of months prepping. It is all too daunting.
The only thing though is that suddenly, unexpectedly you could be thrown an event that we need to have prepared for and if you have let your stocks dwindle and your supplies go you will have to survive of your wits and what little preps you have. On the plus side having prepped and having learnt things from books and web sites you are better off than most.
The way I look at it is simple. I have no idea if an event will occur. I have decided that the chances are good and so I prepare. A lot of my spend is on goods that I would likely buy anyway I am just buying them in advance. Things like tins of food, toilet rolls and so on.
The rest is like an insurance policy. Look at house insurance, expensive isn’t it? Yet most of us don’t claim off our insurance year after year. We pay extra from RCCB units on the power supply instead of straight fuses, you also spend extra on smoke alarms. How many of you have ever needed these? Prepping is no diffirent. So I buy goods that I may never use but they are there just in case I need them. Items like drills, arrows for my bows and this makes up the bulk of the prepping for me but I have a lot of items.
I also buy things I will never use unless there is an event. Items like water filtration equipment, spectacles, rope. This list is also extensive and it could be classed as wasted, but if something happens it will be worth a lot more to us. Life.
So although many of use have periods of FUD. We may stop prepping and reduce our spend I would suggest that you simply keep what you have, spend the funds on food stores and leave the rest. Food will always be consumed and it is always going up. This way it can save you money and is the basic insurance policy you can have.
However, try and not let FUD push you down. Uncertainty and Doubt are always unwelcome but there all the time. Try and see it as insurance for your house. Something you would rather not do but the alternative is worse.