I think most people have lost sight of what it means to be truly self-sufficient and survive
Thanks to modern technology and our consumer culture, what was once common knowledge in this country has largely faded away. Most people these days wouldn’t make it an hour without their iPhone, I won’t even mention how long I think they would last out in the wilderness.
I was listening to a song this morning, Country Boy Can Survive by Hank Williams Jr. and it got me thinking about what the next generation is being taught about life.
When I was a kid I went fishing almost every day. I made my own poles, dug up the worms I needed for bait, and sat for hours upon hours down at the pond. These real life experiences helped shape who I’ve become, and they laid the foundation for everything I know about survival. Today, most kids would probably not even be able to tell you how to tie a fishing knot?
I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn…..
Real survival knowhow comes from experience. It’s not about gear, it’s not about gadgets, and it’s definitely not something you can read about in a book. Real Survival abilities come from a lifetime of adventure and experience. Without these experiences you can never be truly ready to survive.
Sadly, we live in a time where the biggest adventure most kids will experience is sitting in front of a T.V. watching someone else experience the outdoors. I think it’s a tragedy that more kids don’t have the ability to learn about the great outdoors. They’re not only losing out on what I consider to be valuable life skills, but they’re also missing out on a lifetime of adventure and fun.
If you have kids, take them outdoors. Teach them to hunt, fish, hike and camp. Encourage them to experience the adventures that were once a part of daily life.
Here is the song that inspired this article……