Wow! I have to say I have a lot of these same concerns, I seem to make the same lists over and over as well. Looking forward to following M's journey!
M. I'm a child of parents who thought and worried much as you do but only 40 years ago. They made choices based upon those worries and the US started importing oil to cover our lifestyle and our family was the weirdos because the things they worried about did not come to pass in the timeframe expected. As a child, being raised in that situation means I stand very much outside of mainstream US culture.
What I can tell you is that I have childhood stories I wouldn't trade for anything. I have a skill-set that women of my generation only dream of (men too as I can build structures and have).
Think of it as living an interesting life and giving your children something they can rely on for themselves no matter what happens.
I look forward to your other missives from the class.
A movie comes to mind, "Pot 'O Gold", Jimmy Stewart, an old black and white flick. Note in the opening scene Stewart is giving lessons in his music store -- for eggs, shirts laundered and mended, etc. Right now, older music, folk and Christian, can be found in dusty corners.
A set of young adult books, Anne McCaffrey's DragonSong, DragonSinger, White Dragon come to mind -- that rely on music for cultural continuity, in times of no electronics.
And another concept of Sharon's -- the informal economy. I think music will migrate from MP3 back to the family piano/recorder/song book. Because people will still need to be connected to family and community, and music has always done that. Before the walkman, and portable radio, that is.
Now, if you should happen to set each AIP class to music, to capture the essence of each lesson . . lol!
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M, even the moderate prepping mindset I have picked up from following Sharon for the past 4-5 years has already helped my family. Yes, the climate and the economy will probably change - but in the meantime, many more immediate things can challenge your family. We have dealt with a long period of unemployment (followed by under-employment), loss of income by caring for an elderly parent, the mental health crisis of a child, having utilities turned off once in a while, being carless for periods of time.
I took the Adapting in Place course a few years ago. It was helpful during this process, and I have oddly ended up living one of the adaptation scenarios I talked about back then. If I had not had a deep pantry, a garden, and extreme frugalness skills, I think we would be be homeless now, possibility having lost custody of one of our kids, possibly having lost my partner. I was also able to occasionally help other people in even worse shape. Heck, If I had not stockpiled the stuff to make my own laundry detergent, I would not have been able to wash clothing last month.
Do not worry that your preparations will be pointless. I think, for many people, the "crisis" will not feel global - it will feel very personal, and the only thing that pushes back the hopelessness is the feeling that you just might might be able to adapt to almost anything.
M., I took this class three years ago. We'd been living simply for years and I didn't really want to spend the extra money for the course, plus it was happening during the most stressful time of the year for me. In fact, when Sharon announced it I ignored it for a week or so. But one morning I woke up and knew I needed to sign up for it, though I had no idea why. Four weeks into the course, I realized why I needed it: I was being pulled in far too many different directions and thus could not devote the time needed for that which I cared most about and made the most difference in a lower energy, poorer world. Since then I have dropped all the extraneous activities siphoning away energy and time from what was important for myself and my husband and the others in our lives. I am calmer, more focused and less worried, and have a much more productive garden for it. I think we are better able to adapt to whatever will come toward us for the remainder of the time we are alive and to be of assistance to others in the process. I expect you will learn much that will be of value to you, your family, and others as a result. Enjoy the process!
Sounds like M has a lot of the same concerns I do about helping my kids thrive in a less prosperous world than the one I grew up in.
"...nuclear near meltdowns..."
Actually, far surpassing a meltdown. Fuel melted (meltdown), melted through the pressure vessel (melt-through), and started into the concrete base. It would be more accurate to say it was a near China Syndrome (or melt through the ground until it hits the water table).
Why keep having babies if you are so concerned about their future?
Dear Pete and all the Bruno boys and their families,The secrive this morning was just so touching. Even though it was held for a very sad reason, it was wonderful to sit and watch the photos, remembering Sharon's beauty and her joy in life. The spoken tributes brought tears and laughter. They were all so heartfelt and appropriate. Thank you for including all of us in the memorial. Sharon was a lovely neighbor. She is just unforgettable. I will hold all of you in my thoughts and pray that life goes gently for you in your grief and remembrance.Love and blessings,Jessie
Would you be in a position to do a thing more advanced
I think that it is always good to be prepared but I would have to agree it is a lot harder to plan for a natural disaster when you are living in an apartment or moving from place to place. Looking forward to seeing how her planning evolves with the help of the class! -Daniella