By Lauren at Modern Self-Reliance
When I went away to college, six hours away, I learned a very important lesson. I learned that at the end of the day, you are all by yourself. Yes, I have an amazing family and I had a core group of great friends. I lived with mostly hassle-free roommates and attended a school where I exceled academically. I had great opportunities to work with professors and students. I had parents there were able to support my education and buy me a car so I could drive to my first internship. But at the end of the day, you sleep in your own mind alone.
Its sounds silly to say you sleep in your own mind, but this is how I think about it. Each day I face social interactions, physical challenges, mental stimulations, and there is no one else sharing those experiences with me. I am all by myself.
I have come to realize that I enjoy living with others, I greatly enjoyed having roommates in college and I enjoy living with Tim now. If I was to need a new living situation I would most definitely seek out a roommates or housemate to share with. I feel this social interaction is necessary and I feel it adds a small bit of security. At least one person in the world will know if I don’t come home one night.
In my daily life, I spend my mornings with Tim then I drive to work alone (enjoyably listening to audiobooks). I often consult coworkers but my current 9-5 is largely self-driven. I drive home and meet Tim there. On most nights, Tim and I pursue our separate hobbies about half the time. I may be at the barn riding horses or at the food pantry volunteering. The other half of the time we spend together; making dinner together, eating, swing dancing, hiking, or cuddling. This means of the 4-5 hours after work, I spend 2-3 hours with Tim. In total, this means of the roughly 13 hours I am awake, I spend roughly 10 hours alone.
So what does this have to do with preparedness? Chances are, when an accident occurs or an emergency happens I will be alone. I want the tools, skills, and confidence to handle any incident. I don’t want to be the damsel in distress because I don’t know if or when my knight is coming. I don’t want to rely on the government or FEMA or the Red Cross to come save me. I want to be self-reliant. I want to be able to save myself because at the end of the day all I truly have is myself.
Why are you passionate about preparedness? Why do you want to be just a little more self-reliant? Thanks for reading.