Surviving in the Rural Haven

I love watching NatGeo’s Doomsday Preppers. Here, you will see how far an extremist will go in terms of preparation, and how creative one can get. Some might perceive these individuals totally paranoid but for me, it is an act of courage to finally do something worthwhile instead of nurturing the paranoia. When common people like myself just wait and pray to the God Almighty, these people heeds what God would have wanted us to do. After all, Noah was laughed at when he built the arc.

Well, surviving from the catastrophe is a fifty-fifty chance. We might or might not but being prepared not just with food and supplies, is very important. Emotional and Spiritual might save us too, maybe not from death but from the horrors of it.

Being a “City Girl” most of my life, I was used to life’s automation. You withdraw money from machines, you shoot an email through a machine, pay bills, send and receive money through a machine. I work through a machine now too, interact with people I haven’t physically seen nor touched. I was used to buying everything ready, ready to cook, ready to mix, ready to eat! Everything was pretty instant. When I moved in a more secluded place, I thought I would never survive but funny-I am here and enjoying it more and more.

How did I survive in this rural haven?

1. Know the Reasons- When I decided to move here, I wanted to be in control of my own family. Make our decisions, talk about options and weigh things accordingly. We moved not because we did not have a choice, we moved because we had reasons. Knowing the reason keeps us right on track especially when things go topsy-turvy

2. Setting the Right Expectations-My family is not big on family discussions but I was determined to change all that. When we moved here, I told my father what our reasons are. He accepted it and supported us.

3. Adapting- Yes, I was a supervisor in the City. I had staff I worked with. I had people I can call to run errands for me. Things shifted almost dramatically. I do everything by hand, and they require every inch of patience from me. I can’t procrastinate, because few mouths will be hungry if I do. When we lost our water supply, we had to fetch water from the well. Yes, we did survive with muscle fatigues-but we came with stronger spirits.

4. Sustain- Wherever one go, you have to find a way to nourish your body. Food just don’t grow somewhere. Income is important or you’d eat dirt, lol! Well, I can say I am the best resourceful person in my world, I found work online, I grow spices and I sure can write-and there is money in writing, too!

5. Live- It’s always true what they say, no man is an island. Of course, you have to interact with people to learn, grow and know that you don’t own the sufferings in the world. Life is out there. Go out with friends-secluded areas have the best views on earth! Eat and laugh! Shoot your other friends an email to know how they’ve been, chat with them and be updated through Facebook-hit like to those you find helpful, funny and worth reading.

It doesn’t matter where you are, what matters is where you want to be. A choice I almost forgot I had.


-photo from Microsoft (sample picture in my computer, lol!)


Published by monalisachong

Every one agrees that life is fleeting. And that life is change. It never stays the same. I am a believer of choice, of opportunities embraced and lost, I dictate what happens to me. This makes me hopeful, makes me dream, gives me courage and clears my realm. And I hope to share how change affects my life.

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