August 14, 2014 at 2:40 am #21909
Welcome! Please introduce yourself? (Name, age, gender, location for example)
Hey everybody, my name is Colin and I’m from the semi-grand state of Florida. Moved here last year from New Jersey; a definite change of pace to be sure! Im in the Army National Guard and am switching to active duty hopefully within the next year.
Since when are you into survival and preparedness and what made you get into it?
Fear. You see boys and girls, if you keep looking for that monster under your bed, sooner or later, you’re going to find it. And it’ll be more horrifying than you could ever imagine. I remember a long ways back, power went out in our area for about a day. Although minor in terms of the other stories you’ve read and I’ve read on this site, it was enough for me. We were severely unprepared in terms of necessities and planning. I was scared, no shame it that. Since then I’ve grown up and have become my family’s protector. Everything I do is for them. If something like this happens again or God forbid something worse, I’ll be ready. Best believe that.
Why is survival and preparedness important or interesting for you? What scenario are you preparing for?
Being in the military has completely changed my though process. You prepare for everything. Always asking questions on what to do when things go wrong, and they always go wrong. On the plus side, it is a worthwhile hobby of sorts that definitely helps me sleep at night, knowing that my family will be ok if I’m not there to provide for them. Being an infantryman in the National Guard, we respond to these kind of disasters. We all have families too, so I’m preparing for the time that I will be separated from my family and will have to ensure they are ready to charlie mike if I can’t get to them.
How would you describe your prepping / survival philosophy? What matters for you?
Physical fitness is the number one aspect of prepping in my book. It doesn’t matter how many bullets or beans you got in your closet, if you cant ruck that weight, you’re toast. Everyone thinks of this grand scheme where they and their group are gallantly surviving in some post shtf world. No one tells you about the stench, the fatigue, the moodiness, the lack of nutrition and basic creature comforts. “A sound mind in a sound body.” The ancient Greeks believed that one could not be achieved without the other. In less than ideal situations, your mind will either kill you dead or help you thrive where others can’t. Prepare from the inside out, works for me.
Do you have some favorite quotes or words of wisdom you like?
“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a greater commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. And I believe that in this generation those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the globe.” – Robert Francis Kennedy. You may not think this guy wasn’t worth his weight in scat, but this statement rings true in the very essence of our American spirit. Always do the right thing guys, its what separates men from the monsters.
You are dying and have 30 seconds left, what do you do or say?
Axios. General Gnaeus Domitus Corbulo said this when ordered to commit suicide by Roman Emperor Nero. Genral Corbulo shouted this to prove his loyalty to Rome and its people. It means “I am worthy”. Worthy of my family, my service to others, and the freedom that my brothers fight for every minute of every day. Axios.August 14, 2014 at 4:00 am #21925
Welcome aboard. Glad you are here.August 14, 2014 at 4:29 am #21929
Welcome, Colin. I am sure that you will fit right in with our little group. Many of us here are prior service, and some are actively serving now. Although I am retired now, it will be interesting to see some of the viewpoints from the Military side.August 14, 2014 at 5:06 am #21934
Welcome here Colin!August 14, 2014 at 8:55 am #21942
Hi Colin! Glad to have you with us
"ROGUE ELECTRICIAN" Hoping to be around to re-energize the New World.....
Cogito, ergo armatus sumAugust 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm #21943
Welcome, Colin! I stumbled onto Selco’s website recently as well, and this was the first one I’ve ever joined. The course, blog and forum have been incredibly helpful, and having a network of like-minded people to ask questions and bounce ideas off of has been priceless. In the last few weeks of being a member I’ve learned more than I had in the last year of learning solo. Hope you enjoy your time here, and I look forward to seeing your contributions!August 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm #21944
Welcome Colin. The Monster Under the Bed scenario makes me think of how as an adult I would think of it, which is to confront the fear and attack. I see the prepping response as being the adult reaction to scenarios that some people see as possibilities, while others ignore through their fear.
Bugs Bunny: "I speak softly, but I carry a big stick."
Yosemite Sam: "Oh yeah? Well I speak LOUD! and I carry a BIGGER stick! and I use it, too!" BAM!August 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm #21952
Welcome to the forum!
Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.August 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm #21967
Colin, when I retired from Uncle Sam’s Canoe Club I swore I would never be cold or wet or both at the same time. Now I am planning on such a type of living after SHTF so lessons learned are being applied.
Only good thing about you and a hundred and seven of your close friends living/eating and working within 600 square feet is everyone smells the same after 2 weeks of living in your clothes! Hopefully you will find this out while at Ft Dix during maneuvers and not in Iraq!
Now that you have faced your fears and overcome the rest is downhill.
RobinAugust 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm #21975
Welcome, pull up a chair and stay a while.August 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm #21977
Welcome to the forumAugust 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm #22175
Colin, welcomeAugust 18, 2014 at 4:47 am #22421
Colin – welcome aboard from another of those .mil guys on the forum. My tour is just about up; but glad to see guys like you stepping up to the plate to take our place. Look forward to your input.
Semper Fi, K
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
- Thomas Paine
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