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National Preparadness Month

This IS a joke. And it is not funny.
I just sat through about 45 of that horrid movie, "This is The End". It wasn't horrid because it was crass and vapid. It horrified me because it seemed too real.
I'm just going to pick on you Millennials. I can't help but think about your generation when I think of a major disaster, and the die-off that will follow. Gen X at least has a few years of maturity on you, and the Gen Z kids are flexible with a healthy distrust of authority.
You Millennials will look like Franco, Hill and that bunch in the movie. (Not all of you, but most). At a certain point, you figure out that life just isn't all fun all the time anymore. You'll need to work hard to survive. And in the real world, failure is always a possibility.
In a survival situation, a whole bunch of folks will be in denial. Frozen in terror of doing the wrong things, then arrogantly charging forward risking their (and their loved one's) lives.
I've browbeat y'all on this for the longest time. It's just that it's "National Preparedness Month" now. Locally, someone is giving out a "survival kit". It's a red drawstring bag with four items in it. Yes, FOUR items. How many folks are going to grab that, throw it in their closet, and think that they are "prepared"? Maybe splurge on a pack of batteries for your flashlight?
We saw Harvey and Irma coming. But there will come a time when we don't see It coming. Disaster aid will be slow in responding, if at all.
It won't be funny when you pull that red bag out. I don't think anyone will be laughing.

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This old broad agrees. I'm a prepper, but only to a degree. Food supply, survival manuels, water, water purifier, generator, gas, cash, shotguns (but would prefer to be able to use compound bow, good at archery in college, good shot at gun club..but abhor the pack and carry types swaggering around) Anyway, basic stuff to last awhile. I would not be a survivor, though. Too old, so have just enough for a few months of disruption. I wish I did not have children and grandchildren to worry about. My son has an excellent chance to forge a different life, if needed. The rest...zip. And the real attack that will take Capitalistism down will be cyber. Make no mistake. Learn to live without money.
 
I'm big on storing things, but my wife considers more than this weeks larder to be 'clutter'. She likes to store money, but goods? No. Ultimately, I look at her and think we'll, there's several ham or chicken sandwiches 'on-the-hoof' so to speak but hopefully our gathering skills won't be necessary. I have a camping purifier, and we can boil water, and we can fish, shoot; there are plenty of squirrel, rabbit, occasional deer, neighborhood cats, dogs; neighbors themselves... the ocean is about 10 or twelve miles and that has seaweed and fish. I suppose I should read up on how long dried horse wIll last, just in case... I like sushi..,
 
Start with the pets. You'll not want to waste food feeding them.
 
I don't think it has anything to do with Millennials or poor expectations. Not necessarily. When something sudden and brutal changes your life, I think most of us would feel a period of numb, dumb confusion and shellshock.
 
I have to be honest, this just sounds so weird to most Brits. I can't work out if it's optimism or pessimism, on the Americans' side? You are convinced that disaster is imminent. I just wanted to feed back that not everyone in the world feels that way.

Or rather, disaster has always been imminent.

Personally, I think trying not to worry about things is an essential part of a happy life. It's so short and can easily be frittered away on worrying about things that don't happen.

Looking back at my younger self, the only thing I would tell her is to stop feeling so anxious all the time, and enjoy herself.
 
I googled most common causes of death in the US. For people under 44, it's injury. That includes falls, homicides and, of course, road accidents. But I don't see any threads about whether you should get rid of your cars.
 
Sebald....we mericans love running around being scared. Let's see if I can list them, the eminent dangers throughout my life, oldest to youngest:
kooks, kidnappers, commies, demented Manson hippies, demented Manson hippy chicks that might entice me to , uhm, you-know with them( which my mother was very upset that I did not rule it out), ice-age, black people, Arabs embargoes , Mexicans, kooks again, killer bees, disco, punk, Iranians, punkers ( punk rockers) ( again), angel dust ( drug), terrorist hit teams here coming after Reagan, nazi-punks, The posse cumtaodus, neo-Nazis, AIDS people, death rock, devil worshipper preschools, Arabs again, devil worshipper teens, Saddam, the anti-Christ, y2k, the end times, end times plus 2, plus five, plus 12, Ebola, mad cows, the global warming, Marilyn Manson, demonic aliens, teens in trench coats, Chechen terrorists, glutens, cow's milk, almond milk, the Russians, the Chinese, the Kim, the comedy movie that made fun of the Kim and caused him have already blown us up, the end times again( non-religious, this time), heroin, Millenials, neo-neo-Nazis, antifa, Kim again, red-haired presidents...
 
That's an impressive list, Kevin. I'm in awe. I bow to your superior worrying abilities.
 
Thanks. We are go-getters; dynamic, ambidextrous multitaskers, but even we have limits. Generally, I'd say we allow ourselves to juggle no more than three fears at a time, rotating them each, weekly, or daily, as need be, and as per our media outlets.
 
Well, I'm glad you rotate them ha ha.

Are you all issued antacid tablets at birth? It can't be good for the health, stressing about things like 'the ice age'.

You should make your list into a poem. It's really clever and funny. I'm sure it would strike a chord.
 
America has a super volcano and an underground water reservoir that is being drained dry. New Orleans is under sea level, and the water is being held out by dikes, levies or whatever they're called. Then there's California waiting for the next big earthquake. Isn't LA supposed to end up under water when it hits?

There's so much territory, and so many known possible catastrophes, I'm not surprised by the worry.
 
There's never been any shortage of problems. But don't let it spoil your life. We're not at war, or starving. In this part of the world, we don't have smallpox, diphtheria, cholera. Morphine will ease most of us out of this world.

Fear and dread disable.

At this rate, you will be relieved when you actually die.

I'm not being flippant. I can't think of any philosophy that would recommend worrying. In fact, most are rather keen on us keeping our spirits up. Living in the now. Doing small, helpful things (often really tiny ones) on a regular basis.
 
Sebald;bt10619 said:
There's never been any shortage of problems. But don't let it spoil your life. We're not at war, or starving. In this part of the world, we don't have smallpox, diphtheria, cholera. Morphine will ease most of us out of this world.

Fear and dread disable.

At this rate, you will be relieved when you actually die.

I'm not being flippant. I can't think of any philosophy that would recommend worrying. In fact, most are rather keen on us keeping our spirits up. Living in the now. Doing small, helpful things (often really tiny ones) on a regular basis.

There's worrying to the point of being disabled and then there's healthy concern. Having a balance is key. Ignoring the problems is like sticking your head in a foxhole, but leaving your backside out, just acting as a target.

If we want our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to have a world to live in, we need to take action, which is different than worrying.

And I didn't say I was worried. I just said the worry is understandable.
 
What some see as disaster I see as opportunity: California shear-off?! Two words for you: Beachfront!! (okay, one word) I'm all in so that in two million years ( estimated timeline of the continuing geological shift/rift opening, give or take a few million) my new "Palmdale Resort" will be worth ??! I am currently still accepting a few limited offers of investment ( they're all sold), but only for very exclusive customers.. I might make a few exceptions.

Seriously, that list is all based on real ...stuff. None of which happened... California was never and will never suddenly do anything (except tax themselves into oblivion). That's not how tectonic plates work. They knew that then but neglected to include that as it didn't sell papers...
The killer bees did eventually come and about once a year someone does get the crap stung out them so bad it might get a mention on the local news. I've had them in my yard--they are everywhere and they don't do skiddly...I don't know whatever happened to those hit teams back in the 80's, but our current horrifying situation of Kim about to blow us and Japan up is...ridiculous. I liked it better when it was the Nazis.
We buy everything; you tell it to us and we'll believe it. I can't help but alternate up in my head between "Lions and tigers and bears--oh my!!" and Disney's Captain Hook/Hans Conried's sarcastic voiceover: "Oh my! Whatever shall we do?!" :)
 
Good to see an interesting conversation, folks.

I actually don't worry about anything. I know I can take care of myself and my family. If some folks think that's a bit "kooky", then that's just a reflection on their values and priorities. My family's safety and well-being is MY responsibility. If there is a remote chance that some event may put them in danger, I would be irresponsible and selfish not to address that possibility. People don't wreck their cars every day, yet we make our kids wear seat belts.

I homestead. I have a small garden and a few chickens. If the grocery stores are empty for a few months, we'd be okay. I don't fixate on buying junk that may "save me". I'm currently drying some seeds for next year, just to make sure that we are self-sufficient. The seeds are free. We can food and dehydrate. If eating locally grown, fresh food is kooky, I'm guilty.

What I find "kooky" is this religious-like belief in government. This nonsensical delusion that some government bureaucrat has the motivation, drive and skills to save your loved ones. I joke about folks thinking that, in a major event, the government will just drop MREs and cases of water from the sky. For weeks or months. Right into your little town. I see politicians and the bureaucrats that serve them not giving a damn about folks when times are good. When times are bad? Really?

People are gonna believe what they wanna believe. I would simply suggest trying to have an open mind.
 
Not sure which is worse.

Looking back and wishing you could tell yourself not to worry because things are going to work out.

Looking back and wishing you could tell yourself to worry more and actually do something, because maybe then your life would have turned out better.

Somewhere in the middle there's a sweet-spot. In between doing nothing and trusting that life will magically be fine (this is called luck), and worrying so much you incapacitate yourself and fail to enjoy anything.

Then again, I guess it's a moot point. Your future-self can't tell your past-self shit. Hindsight is Captain Obvious' ugly, in-bred cousin; they're both obnoxious, too. And there's no sense in lying to somebody's face and telling them everything will be fine, and not to worry, when it's clear that there's no way you could know that. The opposite is also true: don't tell them they should be worried unless there's an actual need. Otherwise, save the Zoltar role-playing for Halloween.

If you've done nothing to prepare for the average natural disaster, maybe that should be of some concern. If you have prepared, then you shouldn't still sit around all anxious about it.

Likewise, don't think "life will magically be fine" because you think your government will always be there for you. When shit hits the fan on a nationwide level, the police, the fire-fighters, the paramedics, they won't be there for your family. They'll be busy looking after their family.
 
For me, it's always about the unknown. It is difficult to prepare for something, if you don't know what it's going to be, or what it's going to require to be safe. So I don't worry. My children have their own families to take care of, and I only have myself. Some citizens of Barbuda may have thought they were prepared for a weather event, and they weren't. And they couldn't be - too big. And now there's another on it's way. How do you prepare for something so big? Forget preparing, get off the island! I wonder why people live in the Florida Keys. I'm sure it's a wonderful easy-going life, but when the world threatens to end every now and then, how do they prepare? Is living in paradise worth the anxiety and potential calamity that may come their way? Some say yes, others live in Kansas. There are always choices to be made, and since no one is talking about the end of this world we live on, I think we can just carry on. I love British television and I notice that when something comes up, a calamity that needs to be handled, the pat response is, "We'll sort it out." I love that - so whatever comes my way, I'll just do that instead of worrying all of my days.
 
Within reason, I try to follow the scout motto: Be Prepared. It is a good one. I anticipate. It has held me in good stead, without as much worry, as others, for 50 years. It especially came in handy when The Great Recession came. I assumed a downturn, and actually anticipated a big one. Few listened to me. I am not one to join mob mentality. I think there is a mob mentality now. Anyway, I try not to get myself into situations where I might say, "woulda, coulda, shoulda." Three awful words, of regret, especially if you've others depending upon your good judgement. Yep, guess it's easier to sit back with a Piña Colata and just hope the wave you're riding isn't a tsunami. Me? I can still have my Piña Colata.
 

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