Whichever lifestyle you call yours, there can and will always be overlapping interests. There is no longer any need for placing tags on each other because even without realizing it, the prepper is like the bushcrafter, the survivalist like the (stealth) camper, the bushcrafter like the homesteader / off-gridder, the camper like the bushcrafter, and that list goes on and on.
What matters to me are our common goals, amongst which living the way we choose, as comfortable as we possibly can. We live our lives so alike, we can basically categorize them all in six main interests.
- We love enjoying rest, peace and comfort. How we experience comfort is different per person. To one that means working in the garden, to the other taking a nice walk, and to the third enjoying a huge meal.
- Everybody like sleeping in a comfortable bed after a long day doing what we do.
- Don't you just love it when people leave your lifestyle alone, so you can sit by the fire without being criticized?
- Enough food to sustain yourself properly, is that so weird?
- We all know plants we can eat and animals we can turn into the most beautiful roast
- Filtering, storing and drinking life sustaining water is a must for us all
- We all have need for medication from time to time
- Accidents do happen, even to the most seasoned person out there
- What ever your strategy (fight / flight / freeze), your goal is to stay safe
- No matter what might attack, we're ready for humans and animals alike
- We all have knives or guns near us at all times
- We like staying alive for as long as possible
- Gathering information about how to stay alive is what we all do, whether that is about food, defense, home building, medication, raising kids, the more we know, the better our lives will be
- Whether it's urban, rural, forest or desert, we all live somewhere and either like being there or make the best of it.
- Survival, bushcraft, homesteading, prepping, camping, bugging in, bugging out, no matter your style, it's all about adapting yourself to your situation, area and 'problem'. If we can't adapt to situations, we get stuck with the problem, and sometimes, those are (very) lethal.
- No matter what the situation is, we're all still social beings
- We love doing what we do, and most of us can't wait to share that with others, or we try to learn from the others we meet while we practice our common interests
What's your opinion on this?