There is an old saying “There are no atheists in foxholes” is an aphorism used to argue that in times of extreme stress or fear, such as in war, all people will believe in, or hope for, a higher power. In survival you got to have faith in your heavenly father no matter what your outcome is.
I thought I would come up with acronym to go with it of commonly over looked survival skills.
F – Foraging: No guarantee you will catch wild game every day.
A – Awareness: Situational Awareness of your surroundings.
I – Improvise: Ability to make anything work for the need at hand
T – Time Management: Properly manage your time from sun up to sun set.
H – Hygiene: Hygiene & sanitation keeping clean.
Improvise (Imagination) Think Outside the Box
The US Army has an acronym S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L.
S- Size up the situation
U- Use all your senses
R- Remember where you are
V- Vanquish fear and panic
A- Act like the natives
L- Live by your wits, but for now learn basic skills
The letter I from the acronym above is the topic of this post.
In a true survival situation everything becomes a resource. Like the old saying goes “One persons trash is another person treasure” Your ability to re-purpose, reuse, improvise and use your imagination will play a major factor in your outcome. Having gear is great but once the intended purpose of it is compromised its improvising with that gear that can save you. Having the knowledge to improvise and make all the tools you need from the wild, known as primitive survival should never take back seat to modern gear mentality. For the prepper on a budget improvising gear and tools may be your only option. In survival its not the most expensive gear or the best looking, its what ever you got on hand and the ability to use it. You have to get into a “MacGyver” mindset.
It is the writers opinion that everyone should learn bushcraft skills and practice regularly. Knowing is half the battle.