Lizzie Bennett | Feb 25, 2014
Much is made of the will to survive. We Have all heard stories of individuals who have gone out on a hike, ill prepared and ill equipped for the task, and who have survived against all odds. The will to live has often been given as the reason for their survival. Maybe it’s true, or maybe they just got lucky.
No matter how well prepared and equipped we are things can still go wrong, we all know this, but how far can our attitude alter our chances of success or failure?
We all have fears, and it’s not always something like spiders or rodents. Certain situations strike fear into us that can paralyse us to the point of immobility. I, for example, have a fear of the cold.
I am genuinely afraid of it. It scares me witless. It is my nemesis. I have never been stuck in the cold, I have never even come close to losing my life from cold. I live in the UK and the coldest temperature I have experienced is -15*C with a wind chill that made it feel like -18*C.
My brain and body ceased to function properly. Even well wrapped in appropriate clothing I didn’t function properly. For someone who believes that global cooling is on it’s way this does not bode well. I actually refused to visit Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper due to the weather in her location at the time.
I am a hot weather girl. Last summer, everyone was sitting flaked out in the shade, and I was gardening quite happily, hardly breaking a sweat in 34*C. Whilst other shoppers wilted in temperatures rarely seen in the UK, I wandered around quite happily, frustrated that people were moaning about the heat.
I looked on with horror as pale British skins took on the hue of a half cooked lobster, the redness visible even through half an inch of sun cream, which is something I have never felt the need to use.
I love the heat. My brain and my body loves the heat, my skin tans well without burning, I was just made for hot weather, but it’s thinking of the cold that brings me out in a sweat…the sweat of fear.
This has coloured my judgements and my preps. I have enough blankets, quilts and sleeping bags to accommodate an entire battalion of the British Army. I have thermal underwear, sweaters and wool socks in amounts you would not believe. I have to have these things to make me feel safe should global cooling become a reality, or should the grid go down and therefore the heating goes off.
I go on the school run in three layers, plus boots, hat, scarf and mittens…much to the amusement of the other mom’s who say that 10*C is warm.
Warm my arse.
My attitude towards the cold affects my everyday life and has influenced my preps far more than any other possible scenario. I have the will to survive, but genuinely feel I am unlikely to do so if I am not warm and cosy. It’s not just about comfort, it’s about knowing and understanding myself. It’s about knowing my brain is sluggish when I’m cold, that I don’t think and react as I should. It’s about my joints feeling stiff and unresponsive, my fingers not being nimble and the general feeling of being incapable of managing the simplest situations.
So how will I get through a cold weather emergency? I’ll stay indoors as much as is humanly possible. I have food, water, wood, coal and quilts. I don’t need to go out for a considerable time.