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If the zombie apocalypse happens I’m doubtful I will survive.
I’m okay with not being prepared for things that have little chance of actually happening.
That’s one of the ways I wrapped my head around letting go of so many things I had boxed up for someday.
That’s one of the ways I easily rationalize not buying a camping stove for some extraordinary scenario that doesn’t involve camping.
Because we don’t camp.
At least, not right now.
Someone commented on my post about the empty fridge that it was careless of me to be so ill prepared for disasters.
It’s true. I’m not prepared for a lengthy and extreme disaster. But who truly is?
We have enough bottled water and nonperishable food to last us a few days. If our fridge was even half stocked we would be fine for at least a week.
I’m not careless: I watch the flight attendants during the safety demonstration and make note of the nearest exit on an airplane. I wear a seat belt. If the weather is very bad and there is a chance the ferries may not sail I make sure we have a few things in the fridge.
I cannot stock my home for every hobby, event or disaster scenario that may happen.
This is what I’ve taken from trying to live with less stuff. I have to live for the 95% of my life that is mostly guaranteed. Like eating a roast chicken dinner, online banking and my kids getting a norovirus.
Keeping embroidery thread for when or if I ever take up needle point? Nope.
Stocking six months worth of food for some Cormac McCarthy The Road scenario? Nope.
If the whole world is on fire, if my little island and the rest of the world is overtaken by by aliens, we will most likely be alien food.
If cinematic depictions of the end of days have taught me anything it’s that a) it’s not the guy with the bomb shelter that survives and b) running from zombies is exhausting.
No thank you.
For some people drought or hurricanes or another disaster scenario is a real possibility. They plan accordingly. They have bunkers.
I would do the same if I lived in their town.
But for now I live on a windy island in the Irish Sea. The basics of emergency preparedness will suffice.