Without going into specifics, there was a huge change in my life a few years ago. I realized that what had worked for me in the past, was no longer working. With change comes changes in so called "friends"....thats the part when you really find out who the real ones are. Needless to say, we found that there were not too many left, and out of those...ZERO are preppers, and none are interested. So, that brings us to where we are....currently on our own and starting to feel our way around and seek out other like minded people. We are just looking for serious people that are committed to working together, hopefully we can find them! lol. Thanks for sharing your experiences, I appreciate it!
I can agree with you on that. When times get tough you definitely find out who your true friends are.
As far as your current friends not being preppers, that's unfortunate but it doesn't mean that you can't nudge them in the right direction. It also doesn't mean that if a disaster struck, they would be completely SOL.
If there's one thing I've learned... it is not to write off or underestimate people. You would be surprised at how resilant people can be when they are forced to be.
Maybe you will never be able to get your current friends to go in on a BOL or underground bunker with you... but you might be able to get one or two of them to purchase a gun and go to some firearms training classes with you. Or you might be able to convince them that having a pantry stocked with can goods is a good idea. Or you might be able to get one to plant a garden, or can some tomatos.
You never know... and the key is definitely not to be pushy and alienate them. Just mention from time to time some of the things you're doing (tell them you're growing a garden, maybe one of them will want you to teach them?), or point out some of the things you're seeing that you view as areas of improvement for them (in constructive ways).
Example would be the fridge/freezer comment ("dude, you have one empty box of pizza, what would you do if tornado came through and you were stuck in your house for a week?")
If they don't respond, meh, not a big deal. If they do respond, go with it.
You never know, maybe one of your friends will surprise you. I know one of mine did. I had never went to a gun range in Illinois (I had a FOID card, but, I had done all of my firearms training in Ohio when I lived there)... but one day one of my buddies who, at the time, was a bit more of a gun nut than what anyone would consider a prepper, brought up the idea of going. We went and it was a lot of fun. We started talking about guns and he talked about zombies, that opened the door to talking about things like food preps and he got on board.
If I would have ambushed him about prepping he would have laughed at me. But, I found that an interest of his (something as stupid as zombie hunting) was a way to open the door to talking about prepping. I didn't being with BOB's, but started with really basic stuff like first aid kits and food storage.
What I'm saying is, baby steps. Don't write otherwise good people (if they are people you consider friends they must have admirable/good qualities to consider them as such) off just because they don't agree completely with something you believe in (to the same degree you believe in it). I never would have thought my gun nut buddy would have turned into a prepper, but he's probably further along than me now in terms of his preps.
So, while your friends might not want to go in on the bunker... maybe you can get them to grow a garden? Maybe they will like it and you can get them to purchase a gun and ammo? Who knows where it goes from there.
And... maybe you don't get them to do anything and you consider to use the internet as a resource for finding like-minded preppers. That is okay too.
I'm just saying... don't write off those around you just because they haven't shown an interset yet.