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Keeping Your Sanity: Stuff to do after TEOTWAWKI

We all know life in a grid-down situation is going to be different, that goes without saying.  TEOTWAWKI is going to be darker, quieter, scarier, and lonelier.  With our society becoming more and more dependent upon technology, the day the big plug gets pulled on everything will be a huge shock to nearly everyone.  No more TV, Facebook, Netflix, Tactical Tales, what will you do?!  The fact that you are reading this blog says that you are somewhat computer savvy, but what hobbies do you enjoy?

“I enjoy camping, so TEOTWAWKI it might be fun”

Jim Gaffigan teases about camping

No.  It will not be fun.  Even if you never go hungry, never get attacked, or never get hurt, camping will no longer be fun – It will be your life.  Remember your first day of work?  It was all brand new and exciting, you were going to take over and run that company.  Maybe you did, but most likely you got bored and tired and it became just another part of your life.  A lifetime of camping might seem fun for a short while, but when the reality hits it will be dull and dreary.  However, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare all the time.  I’m sure there are several things you can start working on right now to pass the time and make it… enjoyable.

Play a Musical Instrument

This one might be obvious.  If you enjoy music and think you’d like to play an instrument, give it a shot!  You don’t have to be right to play an instrument.  There are several places out there that give music lessons that would be more than happy to give you lessons and let you practice with theirs in the store, for a small fee of course!  A piano would be most ideal if you have a secure location.  However, if you’re on the go and need something portable, the guitar would do just fine.  A harmonica adds a nice touch, and is fun to play when space will not permit anything larger.  Just be mindful of your volume and always watch your noise litter.  Not the musical type?  That’s fine, people have been around a long time without computers or television.  There must be some others ways to enjoy your time…

Write it down!

A Moleskine Notebook

Who would have ever known about Anne Frank if she hadn’t kept her diary?  People have kept diaries and journals for years and years, you could do the same.  Write down something every single day, no matter how mundane it seems.  You can start right now!  Be sure and get a good quality journal with acid-free paper.  Moleskine has a great line of products to choose from.  Don’t go cheap on your pens either, get some made with journals in mind that don’t smear or fade.  The hardest thing about writing in your journal is writing in your journal.  Do it every day.  Transfer your thoughts, feelings, concerns, and future plans; it doesn’t just have to be a log of everything you did that day.  Not a writer?  Maybe you prefer the other end of this topic.

Ermahgerd, Read!

A school girl holding "Goosebumps" books with the caption "Ermahgerd Gersberms"

Get some books!  You might not be into R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps like the young lady in the picture, but there’s bound to be plenty you would enjoy reading!  You are reading this, after all.  Stock up on books, be sure to include several copies of the Bible.  I enjoy reading dystopian novels such as One Second After, 1984, Fahrenheit 451; but these may be somewhat dreary post-TEOTWAWKI.  No matter what, find something to keep you entertained, and put your mind at ease if but for a short while.

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” -Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Along with the books you’re acquiring for recreation, grab some educational text books.  History, Science, Math, Grammar, and whatever else you can find.  If you aren’t already homeschooling your children, that responsibility will be yours post-TEOTWAWKI.  The children are the future, and they need to be spiritually and intellectually equipped to deal with the changing world.

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3 Comments on “Keeping Your Sanity: Stuff to do after TEOTWAWKI
  • My favorite hobby IS survivalism. Firearms, medicine, alternate power, food preservation, chemistry, logistics, gardening, hunting, fishing, radio, security, and in general, kludging together a solution for a problem with what’s available. Many facets to survivalism, just some of my personal favorites there.

    I don’t see TEOTWAWKI producing more free time for me, but if it did I’d probably spend it preparing for the next TEOTWAWKI after that.

    Nice blog, have to look around more. Enjoy your weekend.

  • Thanks for the kind words Hugh! I agree there probably won’t be much free time, but everyone deserves an escape once in a while! Keep checking back, we have new posts frequently, and we’re always happy to hear what you think!

    Stay True,

  • Kudos on the use of Jim Gaffigan. I might suggest also keeping the iPod charged (with Solar, of course) to listen to his comedy routine. The Hot Pockets bit will have you busting a gut time and time again. Use headphones and remember OPSEC, as well.. HAHAHA