I’ve been prepping for 35 of my 56 years. I was introduced to the concept by my older brother, and bought for first rural retreat at age 21. I lost interest for quite a few years, but joined my first prepping forum about 20 years ago and have been actively prepping ever since. Sometimes I go through periods when I think all this effort is wasted, as I’ve never needed to use my preps. I was using prepping forums to keep me motivated until covid arrived, and then everything got real.