Surviving in Today’s World

February 19, 2013 at 10:22 am | Posted in Career Moves, Life and Living | Leave a comment
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A while back I wrote a post about survivalism in a very natural and raw way — something more in line with what would happen if the world did end and we had to go back to a simpler way of life.  While it is definitely important to be in touch with your environment and how to survive off natural land, I want to talk about a more practical survival tactic for the everyday man.We are living in a very difficult time economically.  I’ve personally seen nearly everyone I know suffer in some way — older people being pushed into early retirement from jobs no longer needed and young people trying to start out and not being able to break into the working world.  It’s a tough world, and for those who don’t have family to fall back on, they will learn sooner than others how to survive — because they have to.It is those people who know you have to be willing to do anything.  You have to be willing to take a job in a rural area where you no nobody, or a waiter job with bad hours and a crappy uniform.  If you are out on your own with no support from anyone, you have to fill in the gaps any way you can.

I am still surprised by many people who feel lost but have support from families and because of that, have not developed the same survival instinct as those out on their own.  Because they are lucky enough to have some help, they are less willing to take jobs that aren’t “in their field” or are otherwise something they are interested in doing.  Part of me gets it — we are told as we are growing up to find something that you love to do and do it for a living.  We are not taught to find something to tide us over, to do whatever it takes to be able to survive on our own.  That’s a skill you develop when you need it.

There is, of course, another side to this.  You need to be willing to take risks to do what you want, and many risks may not pay off (of course, that’s why you call it a risk), but if you have a dream, you have to go for it.  Ideally, you are in a good stable position to go for the risk, and if it fails, your survival instincts kick in and you do whatever it takes to get by.  One day, a risk will pay off, but in the meantime, life goes on and you gotta do what it takes to be a be part of it.

Survival of the Fittest

April 26, 2012 at 7:34 am | Posted in Life and Living | 3 Comments
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In little communities across the country, we are more protected from the natural dangers of the world than we realize.  The idea of survival of the fittest comes to my mind often as I think of getting ahead in my career and other typical stages one goes through in life.  But when it comes to physical strength and endurance, I have never been truly tested.  After my years as a brownie in the Girl Scouts and sitting around campfires in camp, my time in the great outdoors has been fairly limited (unless you count high school parties in the woods).  I honestly can’t remember the last time I was in a tent.

I know I’m not alone in losing touch with nature in all its glory and danger.  In this day and age, we are all so connected to everything except nature, it seems.  And not that I am one to fall for the hype of the world ending at the end of this year, but you never know what can happen.

That’s why there are classes for people who are serious about getting back in touch with the outside world and protecting themselves from possible natural disasters. At the least, these classes can help one reconnect with their natural instincts and help build character.

When I watch my dog — a very domesticated animal — I see the survival instincts clear as day.  You can domesticate an animal, but you can’t take the instinct out of an animal.  He is going to chase squirrels, cats, birds, deer, possums. He’s going to track scents and listen to his environment.  He is going to protect his family.  I thank my dog for at the very least making me more aware of my surroundings.  He has trained me to spot any possible dangers — be it a plastic bag moving in the street or a suspicious person, when I am with him, I am aware.

Awareness is probably the first step.  But survival needs more than that.  Survival takes heart, body, and soul.  Survival takes strength.  Survival takes knowledge and instinct.  Survival takes action. Survival takes the desire to live and thrive.

Do you have what it takes?

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