When self-reliance and self protection meet, difficult decisions are made. It may be that remaining true to our initial instinct is what will keep us safe through a challenge. Protecting ourselves is a priority for all of us whether we realize that or not. Instinctively, we are wired to survive at all costs.
Where we go and what we do can profoundly affect our lives. Now that spring events are in full swing and tourism picks up everywhere, we may be making many choices in where to go and what do. Or where to not go and what not to do. Our hope is to never be forced into protecting ourselves and our children from outside evil, yet in this age of ever-present evil, we prepare. Sometimes the easiest way to protect ourselves is to stay away from places where the largest potential dangers are. You might decide to skip any event with enough people to find yourself caught in the middle of a mob. You might plan to go to the event, yet be prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones to the best of your ability. While we can’t know the future or every possible outcome, we can make the wisest choice for ourselves. For our family, those choices of what not to do include a few specific states and cities which have laws and regulations we find unconstitutional. As an example, we don’t fly on airplanes if at all possible. We also do not give our hard earned money to any city via taxes or tourism dollars with regulations we find objectionable. As for crowds and potential mobs, I generally abstain. If you have no option, take time to plan through scenarios to determine the best possible response. Self-reliant people do research!
We plan trips, we plan scenarios, we plan events. Our decisions can keep us safe or put us in danger. The great challenge then is in the decisions we make. Let’s address two types of decisions next time: instantaneous (or split-second) and premeditated (or planned). Using our instincts as well as our thinking and planning skills can help give us long, fruitful lives.
As a parent and self-reliant person, Nicole Lorenz tries diligently to practice self protection skills while enjoying the world around her.