The last week didn’t go as well as I would have liked. I’m guessing some of you out there can agree, if not today at some point in your life. As I get ready to sleep, I remind myself that I am still breathing and I have survived another day. Despite the millions of ways my life could have ended today, it did not. That simple fact is always a victory. When I am lucky enough to open my eyes in the morning it’s back to the fight. This is life my friends, make it the one you want. Rest now then back to battle.
Survival Tip #282
It has been a while. In that time there were a number of losses and gains.
Life can be a bastard sometimes. It can take and take and take. It’ll take so much that you wonder how much more it can possibly steal, however, in this world and the Primal Age, you had to remember that it will give as well. Just because life takes, doesn’t mean that it isn’t giving, or that when it takes it isn’t giving you a different opportunity at the same time.
I am not here to tell you that loss won’t hurt, sometimes it might seem like it will kill you, but remember to stay in the fight and everything will even out.
Survival Tip #281
Realistic and Attainable
When setting goals for yourself or for others make sure you create realistic and attainable goals. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t set difficult goals, but make sure they can be reached.
If you have never ran before in your life setting a goal of a five minute mile isn’t realistic. However if you do want to get to a five minute mile you should set a course of goals that you can attain that will eventually lead you there. Like I want to drop 15 seconds off of my mile time every month of training.
By setting mile stones that aren’t miles away it keeps a carrot in front of your nose so that you will keep in the chase.
The same applies for the Primal Age. Don’t say my goal is to keep everyone alive for the next decade. Your goal should be to keep everyone alive until tomorrow. Things you can strive for and can attain.
Keep it real.
Survival Tip #280
A false summit in the hiking and climbing world is when the area you perceived to be the top of the mountain turns out not to be, meaning you have farther to go. They aren’t the end of the world but they can be crippling to morale and make the hike significantly harder if you were mentally prepared to have reached the top. You want to avoid ever thinking you have reached the top of something. This will keep you mentally and physically prepared to keep climbing. You never want to reach a summit in your life but continually be climbing. If you think you’ve reached the top, odds are you are just standing on a false summit while someone else is still climbing.
Survival Tip #279
Minimize Unnecessary Output
Think of your body as a machine that runs on calories and water. You don’t want to burn through your fuel for unnecessary reasons. If you don’t need to be moving around, stay sedentary. A calorie saved is a calorie earned.
Survival Tip #278
Value is not Set
The value of any object or person is directly affected by the situation. A glass of water to a man dying of thirst would give anything for it, but a glass of water to a drowning man would be utterly useless. If your group happens to have a great stock pile of ammunition, but not enough food to see next week, your ammo will seem worthless to you. On the other hand if you have a great farm, but nothing to defend yourself with, food won’t be the concern on your mind. So remember value is a created construct between the buyer and the seller(or traders). If you find yourself attempting to do business in the Primal Age, do not let on the things that you are scare of or abundant in or you will immediately drop your own trade value while raising that of the goods which you are trying to procure.
Survival Tip #277
Forward progress is key to moving forward(duh). Sometimes you will have an easy mile, other times you will have to fight for an inch. Always keep in mind though forward progress doesn’t always have to be in the same direction. Sometimes a new avenue will open up that will take you in an entirely different direction than you had planned on heading. As long as you are moving forward and not backward this is a good thing.
Survival Tip #276
Gather No Moss
I don’t mean this one literally since some moss is tasty, others can make a great pillow, so fell free to gather literal moss. Figuratively though, “A rolling stone gathers no moss”. This isn’t to say you need to constantly be in motion, but you must be continually looking for move forward as a person. What new skill are you developing? What are you learning? What are you teaching? All of these things will help you roll into the Primal Age.
Survival Tip #274
Mistakes are often like a snowball rolling down hill. One becomes two, two becomes three, before you know it you’ve created an avalanche. We all make mistakes. We all will keep making mistakes. The trick is to minimize the amount of damage the snowball can do by catching your mistake and keeping it from compounding into more. Don’t let one mistake become two.