When I watch the news, it seems like we're collectively waiting for the other shoe to drop. There are some truly terrible things that could happen with the worldwide economy and with politics. Since I have a wise father who watches markets, I may have been hearing about this before the economy hit the skids in 2008 which to some degree dragged it our further. I think people who homestead or approximate as closely as they can (like me) have this collective sense and the urge to act on it.
In some odd way, the wait is dragging in itself - not that I wish any kind of expanded societal collapse on anyone, but this constant feeling of watching the danger come closer and closer in slow motion isn't fun either. It is especially frustrating when I feel that I personally am not doing enough for my family. Yes, I have a greenhouse and a garden and sheep (lawn mowers who are potentially food), but it doesn't feel like enough.
I do tend to get a bit urgent about things (like my post yesterday on schools), so I am trying to keep things in perspective. I can do what I can do. There has been so much rain, the outside garden is doing what it is doing. I could do more in the greenhouse, for sure, but I also have to parent my kids and teach other people's kids - and that means grading at night or helping kids with homework, or going to band concerts (one more tonight) and sporting events.