What if the collapse never comes?* A reader asked this question in the comments*of*a recent post*. What if we spend all this time*and money*preparing for a collapse that never happens. Then what? We’ll have wasted our lives, he says. One example*given was Mel Tappan (1933–1980) -*Tappan was a*staple fixture of survivalist movement before his death at age 47. The commenter thinks, Mel wasted his life planning for a crash that never came. I doubt Mel would feel this way, but I guess we’ll never know. I’m sure a lot of people*have*abandoned the idea of preparedness when the crash failed to happen*within their*allotted time frame. This is*natural and I’ll admit*it’s happened to me more than once. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay motivated. When you think about it, collapse happens everyday albeit on a personal or*local level. Job loss can cause a personal economic collapse and natural and man-made disasters can be sudden and deadly*- these are*becoming common place. I see survival planning*as an insurance policy, nothing more.* How many*home owners have*paid insurance premiums for*30 or more years, yet*their home has never flooded or burnt? How many have dropped their policy only to have their home*destroyed by fire*months later? But what if*I spend all that money stocking up on food only to throw it out when it passes the expiration date? What’s that*you say? Why would you have to throw it out? You have to eat – don’t you? If you eat and rotate*you should never have to throw anything out. All you’re doing by stocking up is buying in advance and*when you consider the fact that you’re eating at last years prices, stocking up is a no brainer.**If you’re throwing food away you’re doing something wrong. If you learn to prepare food using basic staples, such as beans, rice and*whole*grains you’ll actually save money. By learning skills and doing things yourself, you not only save money, you gain independence*and a feeling of self-worth and pride in your accomplishments. This is valuable no matter what the economic or surrounding conditions. Survival planning and self-reliance*also has many health benefits. By raising a garden, hunting and foraging, you not only eat healthier, you get off the couch and get some exercise and again you save money. I don’t think a life including survival planning is a wasted life. There is no need to hide in a bunker or live in fear as some seem to think – it can be a lot of fun. What do you think? Is preparedness a waste of life?