Survival in emergency situations often depends not on skill or training but on our will to survive. During World War 2, a study was conducted on the merchant marine because the old sailors had a better survival rate during sinking’s than the younger ones. The sailors in their 40s and 50s were outliving the younger ones. This study revealed that the younger sailors were giving up sooner.
More than any other skill, your attitude or will to survive determines how successful you are in a survival situation. This first of the basic survival skills might even determine whether you live or die. While the will to survive or attitude is our most important skill, don’t discount others. Training and knowledge can help to strengthen your will to survive.
Just the other day I spoke with someone who told me that they were not interested in prepping. The reason was that they would not want to survive under such conditions. They have already given up and they will probably get their wish.
So where do you get the will to survive? It can come from any one of the following or a combination of all, religion, family, patriotism, training or just an indefinable will. Personally, I like to think that I draw strength from all of the above, including my faith in the Lord.
Every year people with good skills and physical ability die in survival situations from the lack of the will to survive. If you are faced with one of these situations, do not panic. Stay calm and relax. Do not let fear control you. Take a few minutes, assess your situation and determine what resources you have. What are your options? Think outside the box. Make a plan. Regardless, of age, sex or physical condition don’t ever give up.