“It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine…” – R.E.M.
Being a worse-case-scenario junkie, I have often wondered about how the world could end. Will it go down in a nuclear holocaust creating radiation mutants? Or possibly a virus that goes global before a vaccine or cure can be discovered, leaving a only those with a natural immunity alive? Or, my favorite, a zombie plague sweeps the globe? It is pure imagination for me – unlike some reality shows like National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers.
I have often thought about what I would need in order to survive. Do I have the skills and the perseverance to adapt to a new set of rules and pitfalls? Since being diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses and placed on a regimen of daily and rescue medications, my confidence in being able to survive has drastically diminished. Think about it. Could we survive without our medications? How long would a diabetic last without insulin? How would people with a mental illness last before purposefully or accidentally getting themselves killed? How would people with chronic pain manage to hunt their own food, build their own shelters, or runaway from a swarm of zombies or gang of marauders? Sure, we could muddle through for a short while. We would try our very best to keep up. I can picture it now – pushing myself through the pain until one day I simply collapse with exhaustion and couldn’t take another step even with a pack of cannibals on my trail. After watching the character Lori on The Walking Dead die during childbirth, pregnant women are now on my list of people who won’t survive either.
It can be pretty gosh darn depressing knowing I would be one of the first to die in a post-apocalyptic society. I would be as useless as an iPod without any power. If I was a healthy, virile thirtysomething weeding out the weak links in my group of survivors, I would most likely kill off someone like me. Of course, there are a lot of healthy people out there who would be just as useless as me. I guess that would be the consolation prize…