Discovering Freedom in the Mountains
When I set out at the beginning of this week for the mountains of the North East, I was hoping to accomplish many goals. My first priority, selfishly, was to get away from the hustle and bustle of Boston traffic, the craziness at work, and most of all, to just get away to be part of this world the way I believe God intended; to work with my hands, to gather food and water, to build shelter, and to be one with nature.
I really wanted to write this blog to highlight all of the great gear that we sell here at legacysurvivalgear.com as I tested it out in the field, but I just can’t get there. Some of you may be disappointed, but I feel like this journey was about so much more than trying to sell products or make money, so I’m not going to try. I would love for people to buy from us, but I’m not willing to sell myself out to make that happen. I truly want to build a great company with great people, and take my time building relationships with my customers based on loyalty and trust, not some fancy marketing scheme or insincere words. Don’t get me wrong, I will continue to market the products I believe in, but I will always point my moral compass in the direction of true North.
Being out in the woods made me wish we lived in a simpler time, a time where everything we did was for our family and our community. We work hard in 2015 for sure, but it’s a different kind of work. We aren’t self-sufficient like most of those that came before us. We’ve lost what it is to truly be American. Many nations and people came together to build this country. It was built with blood, sweat and tears, and done with purpose. Our ancestors didn’t work their fingers to the bone to buy fancy cars or iPhones; they did it to build a future for their children and grandchildren. They were pioneers who created a free country, a free people, and a free market of ideas, innovation, and self-sufficiency.
I think we take for granted all that we’ve been given, and maybe we’ve squandered too much just to make a buck. I don’t think it was meant to be like this. Our forefathers fought and died to make this nation great, and now it seems to be all about money, politics and power.
As I walked through an empty field of what once was a bustling farmland, I stopped to gaze at the beautiful mountain range that stood before me, a mountain range that had been there long before we ever stepped foot on this land. I had forgotten how beautiful it was. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to get out into the wild with all of life’s demands.
As I hiked through the thick brush and up the steep rocks, I couldn’t help but think of my son Thomas. I had wished that he wasn’t in school and could have come with me to see this. All in good time I suppose, after all he’s hardly six years old and isn’t ready for a trip like this. He wasn’t with me, but he was still with me. I hope one day to pass on to him all of the knowledge that I’ve gained throughout the years. Hopefully I can teach him how to be a good man and help him avoid the pitfalls and pain that I endured growing up. I know that he will have to make his own way, but I want to be there to guide him throughout his life.
It was great just being out there listening to the birds sing, hearing the rustling of small animals running through the forest, watching the water flow down the streams, the trees sway in the wind, and feeling the peace and serenity that the great outdoors has to offer. My trip was shorter than I had hoped, but worth every minute. I highly recommend dropping everything and going as soon as you have the chance. No computers, no phones, no B.S., just you and nature. It’s nice to get away to gain some perspective on life with no outside influences.
Now that I am back I am going to try to make myself a better person, a better man, a better father, and a better American. It’s time to bring back self-reliance, strong family values, strong moral convictions, and love for our fellow Americans. It’s time to teach our children how to provide for themselves and how to build their own futures, and not to expect to get something for free without working for it.
What kind of future is in store for us if all we do is watch television and play video games? What kind of future should we expect if we bury our heads in the sand as others make decisions for us that we don’t agree with or believe in, but allow because we don’t think we can make a difference and don’t stand together as a people? This is OUR country. Our ancestors fought and died for it. They gave their lives to make ours better. We owe it to them and to our children to wake up and take a stand, and most of all to teach our children how to be self-sufficient and learn to take care of themselves and their families. What will we do when the façade crumbles away and we are all standing on our own? Will electronics help our children gather food, make fire, filter water, create shelter, and survive?
I’ve talked a good game about wanting people to truly know Legacy Survival Gear and be a part of our family, all the while staying quiet about who I am; who we are. We are true American Patriots who love this country with all of our hearts and souls, and we believe in the principles that this country was founded upon. We believe in the constitution, the flag, and bringing back real American exceptionalism, not based on what we have or how powerful we are, but about how free we are as a people, and not allowing greed, corruption and moral decay to destroy all we’ve built, lest we fall victim to the same fate as Rome. You always hear the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, but you don’t hear them say how Rome wasn’t destroyed in a day either. It took a lot of good men standing by and doing nothing to corrupt and destroy what may have been one of the world’s greatest civilizations. Apathy can and will destroy a nation, and make its people weak and dependent upon others.
Legacy Survival Gear doesn’t just want to sell camping and survival gear, we want to sell a Legacy, your Legacy, our Legacy, and this countries Legacy. We want you to have freedom, security, prosperity, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, and the ability to provide for your families if the need should arise. We waste so much time watching television and slipping away into a digital world that distracts us from reality. We need to become the men and women our ancestors were, to continue their Legacy so that everything they did was not in vain.
“Don’t just be prepared, build your Legacy”
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