Survival Lessons From a Hollywood Movie?
As many of you know, I live off the grid in the snowy mountains of the Idaho panhandle.
Since we live 45 minutes from the nearest town, my family doesn't "go out" much. We're not shutting ourselves off from the world, it's just a big trip to make.
However, that's not to say we don't treat ourselves every so often.
Well, my wife knows I love movies - especially if they involve history. Last weekend, she got us tickets to see The Revenant.
After watching the film, I discovered another powerful lesson about preparedness. I'll share it in just a moment, but first a little background.
The Revenant is based on a true story of survival - I mean, what more could a guy like me ask for from a film?
Set during an 1820s fur-trapping expedition, Leonardo DiCaprio plays legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass. After being attacked by a bear, his trapping crew writes him off for dead and abandons him in the South Dakota wilderness.
The movie tells the incredible story of how Glass makes it back to Fort Kiowa with only the clothes on his back.
No food. No water. He survives multiple severe wounds from a bear. Then he gets chased by Sioux Indians. He battles the snow, the wind and the cold.
Nothing could stop him on his path to survival.
What prepares a man to survive that kind of ordeal? It really got me thinking. I know I'm prepared for almost anything, but I've never been through anything like that.
Here's why I'm telling you this story: we all can learn something from Hugh Glass.
I had to look past the Hollywood story to the true lesson behind his survival. Sure, the "will to live" and the desire for revenge can be powerful when it comes to survival. But there's a deeper truth here.
The truth is, Hugh Glass grew up on the frontier.He made it through that harrowing experience because his childhood prepared him to survive. He was older and more experienced with difficult situations, far more than anyone in his crew. Simply put, he knew he would survive.
Now, I'm not saying you need to grow up and live on the frontier - that's not the preparedness lesson here.
The real lesson is that experience is everything. The more you practice a preparedness lifestyle, the better you get at it. You'll be more prepared to survive any emergency situation.
You don't have to make up for lost time. Being prepared isn't something that happens overnight. It's something you work toward each and every day.
If you're ready to get started or add to your preparedness plan, we can help.
At My Patriot Supply, we're committed to the preparedness lifestyle. We've learned a lot along the way and that's why we always share that with you. It's the least we can do to help you take that next step.
Not sure what you need? I recommend you focus your attention on your emergency food supply.
All our emergency food kits are full of hearty, delicious meals, drinks and snacks. They'll store for up to 25 years, so you're ready for an emergency tomorrow or decades from now.
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From snowy N. Idaho,
Preparedness Advisor, My Patriot Supply