There's always a silver lining. Those of us with this advance knowledge, who accept the idea and implications of peak oil and peak energy, have the opportunity to prepare and to reinvent ourselves in a way that will get us through what may turn out to be a very rough transition. We have opportunities that billions of other people don't, and won't, get.
Consider these three questions* to find the silver lining in our current situation:
1. If anything could be GOOD about peak oil/energy/economy, what would it be?
2. How can I take this situation and turn it to an advantage for myself, my family, my loved ones, my community?
3. What opportunities will peak oil create (or has already created) that I could take advantage of in a positive way?
*These questions are borrowed from the book AdaptAbility by M.J. Ryan.
Although I sometimes wish I hadn't taken the peak oil pill of knowledge, I never doubt that I am better off because of it. The key is finding a way to accentuate the positive, decrease the negative, and take responsibility for your actions in responding to this huge change in our world.
In truth, despite my occasional yearning to spend my time, money, and attention on something BESIDES preparing for peak energy/finances/economy, this situation has opened a creative outlet for me (my blog), offered an opportunity to connect with sustainability folks in my area (meet new friends), and introduced me to the joys of tomato varieties and hauling compost (reconnect with nature, learn new skills, and get healthy exercise). I thank my lucky stars that I became acquainted with peak oil. It has given me the possibility to change before the floodgates open - and the chance to help others, if I can. How many people get that kind of karmic opportunity?
What positives and opportunities have you discovered - if any?