Think of all the things we are supposed to be preparing for. How’s it going? Are you prepared? (More)

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Here’s a quick list from the headlines and a google search. Only click on the links if that particular topic scares you, is pertinent to your life, or interests you. This is a random and far from thorough list. We should be preparing for; economic collapse, earthquakes, retirement, a job interview, storms, hurricanes, an IRS audit, emergencies, floods, a double dip recession, severe weather, a Small Business Administration loan, your state income tax return, having a mammogram, a power outage, a volcanic eruption, a tsunami and your portfolio for climate change.

The above list is mostly natural and financial disasters. I did skip the financial cliff articles because we have seemingly averted that disaster. The list could go on ad infinitum if we added how to prepare all kinds of foods. I have of course skipped the web sites that tell us how to prepare for armageddon or the government coming for our guns. If you are into preparing for that you may want to look into The Citadel.

“Imagine living in a neighborhood where you know every single neighbor on your street, in your neighborhood, and in the entire town, has qualified Riflemen inside, ready to come to your aid at a moments notice, whether to help you change a tire, fix a problem, or cover your back in a firefight with an Enemy of Liberty.”

“Marxists, Socialists, Liberals and Establishment Republicans will likely find that life in our community is incompatible with their existing ideology and preferred lifestyles,” the project’s website states.

If northern Idao and the Citadel don’t suit you, there’s always Glenn Beck’s planned city Independence USA.

The main purpose of this community would be to isolate its residents from the propaganda that Beck believes Americans are exposed to in their current society, as well as provide them with freedom and a place to live that doesn’t discriminate based on income.

The idea resembles that of John Galt, a character in Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged”. In the book, Galt leads a number of society’s most productive citizens on a strike, evoking a utopian world in which its residents live without the authority of society and government. Similarly, Beck hopes to lead his own group of people into a world isolated from the rest.

Not a prepper or a doomsday prepper? Don’t feel you’d be welcome at The Citadel or Independence? Don’t even go grocery shopping with a list? You’ve obviously missed the preparation bandwagon. In fairness to some of the links above, they are mostly very informative and helpful, especially if a certain natural disaster is likely where you live.

Want a different kind of preparation? How about this, just for today. Smile at the people you meet. Catch someone doing something good and thank them. Hug your friends and family. Care and be kind. You might not be prepared but you might just have a very pleasant day.