Mindset – #3
Mindset is probably the hardest thing to teach to people after they grow up. It involves KNOWING that no matter what the sprites throw at you, you will Survive. In style. Martial arts classes work at this. For some reason I never hear it discussed in mechanics classes, but it applies. Because most of the problems you will face, (WTSHTF), will be keeping things running.
Confidence really helps. Confidence comes naturally from ability. Abilities come from learning and practice. So tell yourself, “I know I can do it! No matter what!” Then think about what might happen, and find a way to learn how to take care of that problem.
You can learn from magazines. I subscribe to Backwoods Home Magazine, a DIY, (Do It Yourself), magazine with all manner of how to do its. “Wood” magazine & Popular Science or Popular Mechanics are both great.
You can learn from books, a couple on my shelf are, “Worst Case Scenario” and “How to hold an Aligator.” Lindsay Publications sells hundreds of books on all manner of how to do things; found, forge and machine metal, make kites, do electrical, etc. I have been purchasing books occasionally from them for 25 years.
You can take classes. There are groups out there teaching canning, cooking, self defense, construction, repair. Some are free, some have a price.
Just about any “gun nut” out there would be happy to show you how to disassemble and clean your new firearm just for a chance to smear his hand with pistol grease again. And a chance to chat about one of his favorite subjects over a beer, (if you brought him any, hint hint).
Got a burr for learning a subject, and figure others might be interested? Ask around at church! There may be a handful of people that would be willing to learn canning, canoing, caning, or soldering as a group, and likely someone in the group that is willing to teach. For FREE!
Do you have a special skill that others might benefit from learning? Perhaps just ask around to see if friends might like to attend a class on, oh, reloading, jerking, fixing a drip, or changing their spark plugs.
Have you ever even stood and looked through your house at the various approaches an invader might take? And how you might respond? And then what would they do after that? Even thirty minutes of perusal along those lines may better prepare you for that desperate five seconds. Ask your family what they think would happen. And make some plans.
The point is that every new thing you learn helps build the mindset that, no matter what, you can survive. Learn how to change a spark plug. How to redo a spark plug thread when it strips out. How to change your oil, air filter, check your fluids. Clean & lube your pistol. Then think up some more questions to answer. The more you know, the more confidant you will be.