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Well Tim, you’ve received lots of good advice on here, and I think my favorite was Watermelon Samurai’s, you are already the product of survivors. I’ve had my struggles with worries, and have benefited from having practical plans to work towards. I think it’s important to note that the entire news cycle keeps moving along on fear, and while fear can be both energizing and motivating, it’s not healthy or productive to spend too much time or thought energy on that; there are better uses for your youthful energy right now. I’m in my 50’s & raised my 2 sons to be productive, healthy members of society. We prepped, camped, hunted, gardened, homeschooled, etc., and I told them over & over they could study any career they wanted as long as it paid a “living wage.” My hubby & I didn’t do that planning & we had real struggles making our living doing what paid the bills instead of what we really would have enjoyed & been good at (while it paid the bills.) The fact is, at your age, you should be actively, thoughtfully setting the foundation of your future, wherever it’s going to take you, that’s the big prep for you for now. Concentrate your efforts & social contacts on planning your life, step by step in the here & now, for a long productive future. Cultivate positive, forward thinking friendships with like minded but optimistic people who want to improve the things they have some control over, like (useful, employable) education or other job training.   If you can take some aptitude tests for different fields it can make a big difference in your planning. Ask helpful family & friends what they think you’ll be good at, then study up to see if it pays the bills & is likely not to be done by a robot in future. Prepping for life includes what you’re gonna do with all those years between now & your 80’s or ?? The world will likely keep rocking on, and prepping is a useful sideline to your real life. I consider it a fun & practical hobby, but your real life is happening right now.  To loosely quote some ancient wisdom: the seeds you plant now & cultivate will come up & produce a crop, choose good seed! Don’t let all the doomsayers rob you of today’s joy & anticipation of your future life. After all, none of them have a crystal ball either. 😉


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Well Tim, you’ve received lots of good advice on here, and I think my favorite was Watermelon Samurai’s, you are already the product of survivors. I’ve had my struggles with worries, and have benefited from having practical plans to work towards. I think it’s important to note that the entire news cycle keeps moving along on fear, and while fear can be both energizing and motivating, it’s not healthy or productive to spend too much time or thought energy on that; there are better uses for your youthful energy right now. I’m in my 50’s & raised my 2 sons to be productive, healthy members of society. We prepped, camped, hunted, gardened, homeschooled, etc., and I told them over & over they could study any career they wanted as long as it paid a “living wage.” My hubby & I didn’t do that planning & we had real struggles making our living doing what paid the bills instead of what we really would have enjoyed & been good at (while it paid the bills.) The fact is, at your age, you should be actively, thoughtfully setting the foundation of your future, wherever it’s going to take you, that’s the big prep for you for now. Concentrate your efforts & social contacts on planning your life, step by step in the here & now, for a long productive future. Cultivate positive, forward thinking friendships with like minded but optimistic people who want to improve the things they have some control over, like (useful, employable) education or other job training.   If you can take some aptitude tests for different fields it can make a big difference in your planning. Ask helpful family & friends what they think you’ll be good at, then study up to see if it pays the bills & is likely not to be done by a robot in future. Prepping for life includes what you’re gonna do with all those years between now & your 80’s or ?? The world will likely keep rocking on, and prepping is a useful sideline to your real life. I consider it a fun & practical hobby, but your real life is happening right now.  To loosely quote some ancient wisdom: the seeds you plant now & cultivate will come up & produce a crop, choose good seed! Don’t let all the doomsayers rob you of today’s joy & anticipation of your future life. After all, none of them have a crystal ball either. 😉


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