Thursday, March 28, 2013

Learning to be an Ant, Not a Grasshopper

The Man and I don't always see eye-to-eye.  We know that we will never agree on some things (art? politics? emptying the dishwasher!), that we shouldn't share space in the kitchen together, and that we work on different priority schedules most of the time.  But in those important things like how we feel about family, money, faith, and food, we are practically identical.  We both value planning ahead and thinking things through.  Sure, spontaneity and surprises can be fun, but we both prefer them as the exception rather than the rule.

Having now established our independence with jobs, our own home, and the trappings of a comfortably modest life, we are looking to our future.  To be honest, that future is freakin' scary.  I don't mean politically or environmentally or economically: we're talking about everything and all the "what ifs" and "maybes" and "well, it just mights." A tiny bump in our life could upset everything, so we have to get crackin' on a backup plan.

Before you go thinking that we're planning to start hoarding beans, bullets, and Band-aids, I'll stop you.  We don't DO beans.  Really.  (However, I do have a pretty extensive supply of Band-aids due to my cuticle picking habit.)

I'm talking about a realistic approach to the real and perceived threats to the life we want to live.  What do we do if The Man loses his job?  What do we do if some sort of weather disaster hits our area?  How will we survive if we don't have electricity for a week?  What skills do we have or need to learn that can be traded instead of currency should ours be devalued?  What do we do if we can't get to the doctor immediately or our car breaks down on a mountain road or we need to get away from our home quickly for whatever reason--like a house fire or flood.  Even more, can we live on our own without relying on neighbors, welfare, or the kindness of strangers for assistance--for our very survival?  Any one of these threats is a real possibility within our lives, however remote, and planning or preparing for them now does us a lot more good than panicking about it later.

We don't have a plan for all of the threats we see, and we certainly haven't stockpiled water, food, or supplies (yet?).  But with our level-headed minds and determination to work together toward our future, we're learning to be the ant and not the grasshopper.

Editor's note: The Man grew up with Aesop's, and I grew up with Little Golden Books, so this is less "ant and grasshopper" and more "Little Red Hen" to me.  We come to our future from different directions, but we're on parallel paths now.  Two sides of the same coin.  That's a great analogy of our relationship. :)

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