Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What Can You Do Without?

Today's topic comes compliments of Oprah. Apparently yesterday's show was about challenging people to live without things that were not absolutely necessary (I say apparently because it is now all over the blogosphere and while I didn't see the show, the promos seem to indicate this was the gist of the show). Anyway, here is my challenge to you. At the risk of sounding like Oprah, I would like you to choose something (or many somethings) to do without for a day, a week, or a month. This is both an exercise in restraint and an exercise in creativity (ie: what are you going to do if the TV gets packed away for a month?). What better way to practice and prepare for a SHTF situation, then to do so voluntarily, if only on a temporary basis? This will allow you to see how the family (and yourself) would react to situations both stressful and primitive. Here's some ideas of things to do without:
  • Television
  • Driving
  • Spending
  • Designer clothes and accessories
  • Talking on the cell phone
  • Using the computer
  • Central heat
  • The housekeeper
  • The gardener
  • Shopping
  • Eating out
  • Processed food
  • Gambling
  • Drinking
  • Smoking
  • Etc...


  1. all of the above. 64 years old, planning to be here a while. All of that stuff is is just that, STUFF. will not save your or your family when tshtf.

  2. The one that would hurt me the most would be the internet. It has replaced TV, radio and newspapers for me. Most of the rest of it I have done without, at least ocassionally, over the years.

  3. I can do without all of them, but if I had a choice of one, it'd be the Internet. I'd miss it terribly.