3 goals for the near future
I would like to get more involvement from the people in our group. We've recently had some new members and I know we could all benefit from one another.
I'm curious to know everyone's 3 near term goals they are focused on. I have noticed a recurring theme among most (including myself) that revolves around precious metals. It seems to be the popular thing to do, I guess since all it takes is some paper and not much else.
After hearing Chris' latest podcast with John Michael Greer, the final recommendation was to brew beer. I hardly ever drink beer and I want to do this! The trouble I'm having, which I've already shared here, is that I find it difficult to actually accomplish resiliency. So, I think it's best to have goals and stick with them. It might be the only way it gets done.
I started with water, being the most important. I live in the Beaches, which is a 10 minute walk to Lake Ontario and I've already purchased the Doulton water filter. So I think I should be good here.
The next would be food. I live in a small apartment so it's hard to store anything here, but I did do my best in stocking up on pasta. This is the category I would like to work on the most, but find I'm limited until I get a place to live with more space (your thoughts?). I went to a farmer's market close by and had a look and I wasn't that impressed. They didn't have much variety and it seemed pretty expensive. Does anyone have any suggestions here?
After those essentials would be health. I've always had a healthy lifestyle. I exercise regularly, I eat well (although not as well as I used to), and I've recently started Transcendental Meditation (TM), which has helped me sleep better and stress levels have decreased. I'm not as prepared as I would like to be in this category, so I've chosen my first goal on this topic.
My next two goals come in the heat, power, and communications category. This is certainly where my basic resilience lacks.
My 3 goals in order of importance:
1.) Get a first-aid kit (about to order this now - that was easy!), take first-aid and CPR course
2.) Get rechargable batteries and solar power charger.
3.) Get solar powered stove and headlamp for lighting.
4.) Bonus - Get Mr. Heater and solar phone charger
What I've learned from typing this post is that many of the basic ways to build resiliency really doesn't take that much and this is where we have to start. Mine wasn't very hard because it's quite obvious I haven't done very much so far. It's possible you all are already well ahead of me, which I would be very pleased about, but even if you are and your 3 goals are far more advanced, it is still helpful to get them down in writing and remind yourself that you have work to do.
I didn't list PMs because I will continue to accumulate monthly, but I consider that already taken care of. Ironically this is one of the last steps of action to take and yet it seems that everyone does this first!
I'm happy to have you all in this group and I hope we can get together some day and try and really make a difference.
Your input is very much appreciated.