That moment when the inevitable didn’t happen and you are now forced to deal with a new reality.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: A man reacts as he watches voting results at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8, 2016 in New York City. Clinton is running against Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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“Unexpectedly” as Instapundit would say.

Just when you think you have things figured out, reality intervenes and changes everything. We see it in politics, business, conflict, and in our personal lives but still act surprised when the predicted outcome doesn’t come to pass. As Butch Coolidge asked Marsellus Wallace “what now?”

Over the last several years, I have read preppers and others boldly predict where things were going and what was going to happen. Frankly, a lot of it was fear-mongering designed to get people to buy stuff. It worked for a time too because it all seemed plausible, after all criminals officials like Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Hillary Clinton were doing their utmost to use the power of the state against their opponents.

Then an election happened.

But how much really changed? Yes, there is new leadership in place but has the underlying reality been altered significantly? From what I have read, attendance and interested in prepping has declined since November of 2016. In less than a year, many have gone from a sense of impending doom to unbridled optimism the the Trump Administration is going to right all of the previous wrongs. A few years down the road, I expect a similar sense of disappointment to overcome the current President’s backers as reality intervenes and throws a curveball at their plans.

What does all this mean? Well, there will continue to be wars and rumors of wars for the foreseeable future. The predicted future won’t come to pass and unexpected events will upset everybody’s plans. If you are a wise prepper, you won’t put too much stock in either the doomsday predictions of the fear mongers or the happy predictions of the upsiders. Be flexible and be ready, because nobody knows what tomorrow will bring.

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