I regard life as a gift. While alive, you have lots of opportunity to experience joy and pleasure, even if it's just in the little things. A sunset, a sunrise, a rainbow, a well cooked meal, a bit of peace and quiet, etc. Yeah, they're little things, but infinitely better than none, which is what you've got while you're dead.
I suspect most people who haven't prepared, and a good percentage of those who have, will be dead in less than a year. That leaves a year of crap to fight through, and then living off the land for the most part. I would easily be able to find joy in such a life; humans are nothing if not adaptable.
I'll do my best to continue.
Love it! Yep...I'll just resort to what man kind has done for the last 3k years at least...I find pleasure in the woods, the rain, the sunset...hopefully, during the apocalypse, some of that remains, but if not, I'm sure I could find beauty in something. We can survive and adapt just as good as the wild animals...as long as we stay in touch with our primal instincts. Humans are animals with souls...unfortunately, for most of us, we have lost contact wit hour primordial instincts...sorry if this bothers some of you, but that's the way I see it. I'm more afraid of going down town New York than I am of going through the Amazon Rain Forest. The animals aren't going to mug/kill me for the change in my pocket.
Remington 870 Marine Magnum w/ Surefire 918FA Dedicated Weapon-light (Zombies...what the sheeple will become when the system collapses)
Double Star AR-15 (Perimeter Defense/Hunting)
Marlin Bolt Action .22 (Food Acquisition)
SW .40 w/ Insight M4 light (CQC)
The rest of my guns would be stashed/hidden for A) Looters to find, or B) me to acquire later for other uses...not too worried.
Also, to set-up "shop":
NATO Water proof life boat matches
Aviation Fire Starter Kit
Water Purification (Filters/Tablets)
Leather man with Screw Driver bits for accessing parts of machinery
Means to gather water and purify once my short-term water methods have been exhausted
Machete (Mine happens to be a Kabar)
2-3 Fixed blade combat knives
Solar Charger with AA's
Stash of Eneloops/Duraloops...this will give me light for about 5-6 years, until the cells die (then I have to break out the "Fire-on-a-stick")
As many medical supplies as I could acquire.
Hell or high water, good times or bad, life is too precious to give up. In the words of Paul "I have learned in whatever state I am in, to be content".
In the words of Viggo Mortinsen "We have to keep carrying the flame".