The “It Won’t Happen to Me” Myth

“Man, I wish that disaster had struck here instead of on the other side of the country.”

Now that’s a sentence I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard before. Or said.

Most people are very relieved when they avoid a crisis. They feel sorry for the folks who had to deal with it, but if they are honest with themselves, they have a “better you than me” attitude.

But I’m going to throw a monkey wrench into this line of thought. You might actually be better off today if you’ve dealt with a crisis before.

A false sense of security

How is that possible? Three reasons. One, you’d know how to physically handle the inevitable crisis that might be right around the corner. Two, you’d know how to better deal with it emotionally. And three, you’d be better able to help others get through it.

There are many people who have adopted the attitude of, “It could never happen here.” Or, “It could never happen to me.

They’ve read and heard and seen so much about so many disasters occurring in other parts of the world and to other people that they start to feel immune to it all.

Maybe they don’t live in an area of the country that experiences hurricanes or earthquakes. Perhaps they don’t see much in the way of violent rainstorms or blizzards.

Maybe they haven’t been victims of flooding. And perhaps the rare tornado always seems to track to the north or south of them.

Count your blessings… then prepare

If that’s you, count your blessings. Extreme weather can be very scary. In fact, it can be life-threatening. And at the very least it can knock out your electrical power for a while and maybe make transportation impossible near your home.

But when you’ve finished counting your blessings, try not to adopt the “It could never happen here” or “It could never happen to me” attitude.

Everybody’s luck runs out eventually. If you’re thinking that disasters only occur in other places and only affect other people, then you won’t be prepared when it finally happens in your neck of the woods and to you.

Thinking your home or city is safe from major disasters isn’t a preparedness plan. It’s just denial.

Admitting that a disaster could and probably will occur near you is more realistic. So, prepare for it and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re ready for whatever might happen.


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