I was chatting with a friend and she said I needed to fill my tank. I replied, "I never let my tank get below a half". (Prepper rule #32- Never let your gas tank get below a half; a half tank is an empty tank) She was talking spiritually, mentally and physically, while I interpreted her comment as realistically. And that is when it struck me. Many of us try to straddle the line of being the normal family but also being secretly prepared in case _________ happens. When disaster strikes, the instinct to survive activates but here on the monkey we focus daily on doom and survival. Other people spend money on Disneyland, vacations etc. I spend money preparing for a possible future disaster. I wonder if I am I balancing living presently with living while preparing for a possible future event? Are we enjoying life or are we so determined to get ready for what could be, that life is passing us by? Preppers live in reality. We know the depth of what could happen and those bad things have a high probability of crushing our life as we know it. What do we do to ourselves mentally? What about those around us as we prepare for something that may never happen? We have a thread titled, “What did you put away this week”? Think of what you do every week to ensure you are prepared. So my question for everyone to consider this month is when is enough enough? I'm not talking about rotating your stock or making sure your fire equipment still works or your toilet paper is still dry. Prepping is a rabbit hole that can go as deep as you want it to. Preparing is important, meaning the difference between life and disaster if SHTF but it can get to be a lifestyle that excludes living in the present moment. When do you know its time to spend time on something besides preparing? For me.... I will answer this in a couple of days but for now I want to hear from you. How do you determine when you have prepped enough? What are your parameters including time, money? Mentally, spiritually and physically. When is enough enough?