Are You Strong Enough To Survive?

Discussion in 'Survival of the Fittest' started by Yard Dart, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    "Strength is a defining attribute of masculinity. It’s the literal power that has allowed generations of men to protect and provide for their families. It’s the force that built our skyscrapers, roads, and bridges. While our current environment doesn’t require us to be strong, developing our physical strength is still a worthwhile pursuit, for it lays a foundation for developing the Complete Man.

    Strive today to become stronger than you were yesterday. I promise as you do so, you’ll see a transformation not only in your body, but also your mind and spirit."
    Why Every Man Should Be Strong | The Art of Manliness
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  2. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    I'll try, But I refuse to wear the SPANDEX! or the STACHE!!
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  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Since I am female I have an opinion on this- don't we always have an opinion.
    our body instead of abusing it is the mental aspect that will follow. When you work out and are in shape it helps create a more positive attitude. You could be the hulk but if SHTF and mentally you are not strong and confident that you may not survive long. Your brain benefits so much from exercise of your body.

    In the rules of threes-
    If you feel competent and you are in shape and able to do what it takes to survive, you increase your chances.

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  4. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Physical shape has an additional component to providing mental/psychological benefits. You may be weak basically but with a strong mental attitude towards survival, which will benefit one in a dangerous situation. Add in a good physical fitness regime & some training, you can be weaker physically but stronger tactically!!!
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  5. Elessar

    Elessar Monkey+++

    Motomom said it well. Mental toughness is something that I believe is intuitive and can not be taught. It can be acquired, imparted, demonstrated, and lived; but it can not be taught. It must part of a person's makeup. I know people who will not survive because they choose not to; they don't have the element of survival within them to struggle to survive. They have told me themselves; "...if that happens, I don't want to survive."

    However, I also know that the will to live can trump a conscious decision when the rubber hits the road, or the meat hits the blade...I am sure that everyone of us knows someone like Tom Joad's mother, Mrs. Joad in the Grapes of Wrath. Someone who steps up to take a leadership role during a crisis situation and demonstrates a leadership presence in addition to being a survivor. Someone with the mental toughness to step up and be a survivor, and those moments that make men and women question themselves are moments that test our metal. Most of us only guess what we will do in those situations, when the chips are down, when the SHTF and the bullets start flying, etc.

    Am I in good physical shape to survive a disaster? Not as good as I would like. I work out a little, well, dang little if truth be told. I'm still in the best shape of my life but that's not saying much. Not really. However, I will not lay down, I will not quite, I refuse to surrender. I will "not go gentle into this goodnight..." as written by Dylan Thomas. Another author that I've read recently stated, "The only easy day is yesterday." I'm not sure that he is the original author of this saying because the story was quoting a special ops agent in a survival scenario reading a motto framed on the wall of a bunker. That says it all for me. The only easy day is yesterday.
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  6. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

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  7. vonslob

    vonslob Monkey++

    Toughness can be taught. My father had a huge roll in building my constitution. I do believe that it can come natural to some people but it was my father that taught me ethics, morals and that if you want something you grab on and hold tight. When i was young he helped me memorize a poem by ruyard kipling called IF, he told me that poem encompassed everything i needed to do to become a man. Not that women can not be tough but as far as i am concerned "tough" is part of being a man. I have seen small men able to run with wheelbarrows all day long, large men cry when they hurt emotionally, and little kids going to school everyday facing ridicule from their classmate for one cruel reason or another. Looking back at those episodes each in their own way were examples of toughness.
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  8. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    There are two components to "Tough enough to Survive"...
    1. Will to Live: Are you mentally tough enough, to survive? Have enough Spirit, Will, Gumption, or what ever you want to call it, to just push thru, No Matter What, the situation, you are in? This is an Individual thing, and only You can decide if you have that, inside yourself.
    2. Physical Strength to Live: Are you physically able to survive, no matter what the situation presents itself? This is where Preps come into play. having made the Proper Preparations, for yourself, can mitigate the Physical demands of ANY situation. If you require Medications to survive, do you have those in your Preps, and or local natural Substitutes, from your local area? Do you have in your Preps, enough Stored FoodStuffs, to hold you until, either the supply chain can get back running, OR until you can start a Hunter/Gather LifeStyle, that can replace the Failed supply chain?

    In my case, I certainly have Number 1, covered. I am just Grumpy enough, to last until I physically can't survive, in my environment. I have spent a lifetime building my Prep's to cover Number 2. I resupply my Prep's, every September, to where I have 18 months, of normal Operational Requirements, without even going into our Long Term Prep's. That can easily could be stretched to 24 months, with a little judicious planning. If it doesn't look like the supply chain will ever come back, My local area, can easily supply our needs, as well as our neighbors, when moving to a Hunter/Gatherer Lifestyle, over that same 18-24 month period. Moving from Petroleum Based Energy, to Wood Based, and Renewable Based, Energy is easily done over the first 6 months, using already acquired, hardware, that is already locally on-site. It took 20 years of looking to find such a place, to live, and acquire the resources, to get setup in this way. It was a long hard slog, over many years to learn, just how to make things work, with the least amount of energy, expended. As I am now 65+ Years Old, I figure I only have maybe 10 more years, anyway, so I only have to plan for about that, total. When Mr. Grim Reaper comes knocking, I plan of Kicking his A$$, while he Drags me down the Black Tunnel, with the Glorious Light at the End.....
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  9. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Which serves once again to show that getting ready for whatever is a LONG term proposition, and really may not be possible to achieve in "normal" circumstances such as BT ain't in. Mindset will extend ANY other preps that have been completed prior to the event that sets civilization on it's arse. Like BT, I no longer need to prepare for 20 or 30 years, but unlike him, I'm short a few years of fully ready for a statistically probable life span, even if in (as I think I am) one of the right places to make it thru. I will state categorically that I'm covered for the most probable disruptions I can imagine, meaning simple stuff like fire, flooding and wicked bad storms and power outages, as well as some level of supply chain disruptions.

    If you ain't ready, get busy and get there is the takeaway message.
  10. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

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  11. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I am a beast, The problem is I don't care.
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  12. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    You don't care about what?! Being a beast.... ;)
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  13. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Nothing, Either than my own.
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  14. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    LOL, hear you Gator. Gun Kid would love this thread w/his armored canned dual mounted 22s wheel barrow full of goodies that he took from others. Thanking the Lord for still being able to work everyday and do a reasonable amount of physical exertion. Have a defib planted in my chest so I try not to get my heart rate up and keep it there. Defib goes into a frenzy--and it hurts-lol. No longer run fast but can walk with a load for a long time.
    Now--to the thread--there is a book on WWII Filipino guerrillas and a lady that went w/them. Tells how she trimmed down, stopped her monthly cycle, and survived well till a sub picked them up. Mental is much more powerful than we realize.
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  15. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Gunkid can put a passion mark on my *#$, I work everyday because I don't know any difference!
    Oilfield motto.
    Fall in and help,
    If not suck eggs and die, or
    Get out of my way....We all on here are pretty much of the same belief
    If your not a Monkey then kiss my #*$

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  16. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    I know I am not what I was at 20, or 40, or even 50. Should I find weakness in an attempt to survive a SHTF situation, I will find strength in the fact that I will take many of my pursuers with me.
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  17. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I like that, + 10,000
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  18. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I remember history, the real history of our nation, and try to embrace the feeling our forefathers must have had when they dared to stand up to a despotic monster of a King and say, "F*%k YOU."

    That gives me strength.

    How To Cope With Reality | Survival Forums
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  19. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    I was watching the Walking Dead the other night (I look at the Zombie as asleep Sheeple) and about 6 weeks ago my wife finally decided to watch it with me after 3 years of leaving the room. She's hooked now! She kept closing her eyes when the Zombie killing started, every time it happened.
    I asked her how she was going to be able to do what is required when the SHTF, if she can't even handle watching a movie?
    She insists it's different, and she'd do whatever it takes at that point. I still think it's time to let her help do some of the dispatching around here when we process the animals!
    Luckily, she is totally on board with the prepping, and a valuable asset, she's very much awake to whats going on, I am truly blessed that way!
    I can not imagine how hard it would be to try and do this, without a spouse who was with me!
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  20. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I'm one of those few who would continue working after winning the lottory. (I'd just eok on projects that interest me). The idea of sunning myself on a beach for more than a week or two, would just bore me to tears. I have many projects going on at once, as funds and parts arrive, so I keep very active. My biggest problem seems to be finishing a project before moving on to another one.
    Yeah. I'm tough enough, because I'm always working though projects and troubleshooting.
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