Just in case you're wondering, I am not ignoring the Supreme Court decision on The Affordable Health Care Act. I have been traveling the last few days, and letting the dust settle and my thoughts formulate on this critical ruling. Rest assured, you will hear from me in the next couple of days. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this post.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it has dawned on me that with all the talk of having a bug-out bag to leave an unsafe environment, I wonder how many people think about including some items to get you home?
As I have told you before, I never leave home without a bag that carries essential items should I find myself stranded. But one day, as I was leaving the house for a trip to the grocery store (which is 16+ miles away), I found myself imagining how I would fare if I suddenly had no means of transportation. If my car became incapacitated due to a busted radiator, or there was a true SHTF event, was I prepared to make it back home?
Yes, I had a weapon to defend myself, fire-starter, flashlight, a couple bottles of water in my BOB, a knife, etc. But is that all I would need? The first thing that became crystal clear was that my cute little summer sandals and comfortable sundress would not be ideal. Our summers are brutally hot (hence the cool and casual clothing). But if I suddenly found myself having to walk home in the heat of the afternoon, I was woefully unprepared!
And should I find myself unable to get home before nightfall, I would need bug spray and a long-burning flashlight. These should be added to your "get home" bag, as well.
Keep in mind that this will not be an extra bag to carry on my walk home, since I will be changing into these clothes and leaving the summer outfit behind. It is just an additional, small and flexible bag to keep in the car at all times. Of course, in the winter, I will add a lightweight jacket and a pair of gloves to this "garment bag", and make sure I have some nice, warm wool socks.
Maybe some of you had already thought of this. I thought I was pretty prepared if I got caught away from home; my BOB would allow me to defend myself, light a fire and feed myself, erect a portable shelter, and generally take care of myself in an unfriendly environment. But I didn't take it far enough. My ultimate goal will be to get home, if it is at all possible. Chances are, I may not be able to reach my husband or other family members to come rescue me. I will need to make my way home by myself. And to accomplish that I need to be suitably attired. The image of all those unfortunate people streaming out of lower Manhattan on 9/11 should be burned into your brain. Those women who were wearing heels and dresses that day were at an extreme disadvantage.
And it taught me something else, too. I now quiz myself in all manner of situations, to see if there is any area that I fall short. Whether I'm at church, visiting relatives hours away, or driving across the state to attend a meeting with a business client ..... do I have everything I need to try to get back home? Have I made arrangements for my animals to be fed? Is everything as secure as I can make it? I know it's hard to believe that we have arrived at this state of affairs, but living in denial will not get you the results you want. So live in that moment .... what if I had to get home from this spot, at this moment..... could I do it? Your answer will show you where you need to focus your attention. And that answer is the difference between success and failure.
Psalm 23:4 "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."