(This motto of the United States Coast Guard is an attitude and a promise that might keep us safe at this time in history.)
Being prepared is a personal trait—some would say a quirk—that’s been a part of my personality since my teenage years. At the risk of overdoing this thought pattern, I try to be vigilant about matters that may suddenly require attention.
What’s semper paratus look like in my case? My wallet contains three credit cards, cash and a variety of standard (and medical) ID documents. It also holds postage stamps, some BandAids®, a copy of COVID vaccination records for Chris and me, a photo of Chris and an Organ Donor Card. In my pants pockets, I carry that billfold, a small flashlight, a folding pocket knife, ear plugs, house/car keys, a comb and a small container of aspirin, Aleve® and Advil®. Our family Go-Bags include an array of items that might be useful in longer-term emergencies.
These items anticipate possibilities: The knife and flashlight for any number of emergencies or necessities. The same for BandAids® and pain-relievers. Cash in case ATM’s or credit cards don’t work. The earplugs to prevent further hearing losses. The Organ Donor Card in case of a life-ending accident and the photo of Chris to establish her presence as my spouse. The ID cards? I hope obvious necessities for all of us.
“Being prepared” might also extend into other facets of your life. For example, starting to anticipate the lifestyle changes that global warming may soon require. Staying in touch with developing technologies so that you can avoid scams that threaten your financial well-being. Readying your home for weather-related power outages.
Being prepared can help reduce your vulnerabilities at this time in life. Semper paratus might be a good motto for you, too! But only if that attitude doesn’t get out-of-hand.
You don’t want to be quirky like me….
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