The Will to Survive
There are countless examples of suitably equipped, trained, and experienced people who died in a survival situation when they should have lived. There are also numerous examples of people who did everything wrong, by all rights should have died numerous times over, and yet somehow managed to find a way to survive and live. In many cases, the difference between living and dying is a matter of having the will to survive.
The will to survive is a combination of many things. It is a positive mental outlook and a refusal to give up, no matter how bad things get. It is an inner drive to live and survive. It is the ability to accept the reality of the situation while not being overwhelmed by it. The will to survive is the ability to identify priorities, set and achieve goals, organize yourself and others, and the ability to quickly recover when things don’t go according to plan.
The will to survive means having a sense of humor. When things get bad, and you’re dealing with life and death decisions on a daily if not hourly basis, you will be physically and mentally stressed to the freak out point. Laughter is an excellent way to relieve stress and tension. To make fun of a situation is to gain a little mental control over both the situation and yourself, and self-control will be highly needed when societies’ control measures break down and people are left to their own devices.
Above all else, the will to survive is the desire to live, despite hardship, physical and emotional obstacles, pain, suffering, fear, and uncertainty.