Monday, July 21, 2014

You never really know...

My post today is going to be a rather short one, and for that I'm sorry. This past weekend I lost a friend, Casey Spradling, and it left me without many thoughts save these.

First I'm going to tell you what happened: He collapsed suddenly at his job, was rushed to the ICU, placed in a drug induced coma, and was gone by Friday. As of yet, the doctors' best guess as to what happened was that he had a massive heart attack, and they aren't really 100% sure about that.

Now I'm going to tell you the part that was rather awesome: during that time of uncertainty, his Facebook page blew up with messages of support from everyone who had met him, even for just a few minutes. These were people from every walk of life possible, and with his passing, the outpouring of love and support from us to each other grew even more. It's honestly hard to say how many new friendships were created by this single painful event.

Dozens upon dozens of people were reaching out to complete strangers in an effort to support each other through this. Christians, Atheists, and Pagans alike were joined in the single purpose to either create a miracle or ease his passing. Anarchists, Republicans, Democrats, etc., they didn't care about a political differences. All they knew was their friend was down for the count.

Casey was one of those people who, during SHTF, could have shown up and been fed, clothed and welcomed with open arms at my home. He was someone I wouldn't have turned away for any reason.

You can't tell me that you KNOW you're going to make it SHTF and make it through. You just can't. Does that mean you shouldn't prep? NOT AT ALL. It means you must take care of yourself as best you can. You must invest in every friendship, be they prepper (or not), your same faith/politics/sexuality (or not), et cetera. You do so without expecting a return. You do it because you just don't know how a day is going to go. Tribe is anyone you feel close to, regardless of how small the connection.

This weekend, I met the Tribe of Casey, and it was glorious.

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