What does the movie, “Castaway”, have to do with survival mindset? Read this blog, and watch our video to find out.
The psychology of survival is an interesting thing. We have studied this for many years and that is the basis of what we at Dan’s Depot are and will continue to grow to be.
Gear is important to any given outdoor experience including survival, because it makes it easier to accomplish. However, we must admit that mindset is criticial to being in a position to use the gear.
The need for survival gear and training often comes as a complete surprise any many varied ways. Something such as a family trip to visit family, a ski trip to the mountains or even a simple day hike can quickly go from a great time to a need for survival with one small unexpected change in plans like a flat tire, wreck, or outside influence such as weather.
We have spent a number of years studying what happens to those that have found themselves in these types of situations. This has come from both research the many books and blogs written on the subject as well as hearing the stories of the many people who take our classes.
One thing that helped the people that survived and made it out of such situations is simple, they had a will to live. Now as you read that sentence you may simply say to yourself that you already know that, or not really pay attention to it. I will say it again then, they had a WILL TO LIVE. I cannot emphasize to you enough how important it was to these people to have a reason.
Many seasoned survival folks as well as those new to the topic have seen the popular movie “Castaway” that came out in 2000. While there were many aspects of the movie that were a bit ‘over the top’ in terms of being depicted as reality, I do believe that one of the things they did well in the movie was depict several different aspects of the psychology of survival and how it plays out.
There were a few different reasons that the character Tom Hanks played had, that gave him the will to live. One part of the entire movie was based on his character’s job at Federal Express. He had a strong desire to do his job well, which was to deliver packages. Although he did have a love interest that made him want to come back as well, it was this severe dedication to his job that was a played out well in the end. (If you have not seen the movie, he gets the girl in the end).
So we all need to have SOMETHING that makes us want to make it back home. That might be your job, your family, orders from your commanding officer, etc. etc. Consider that as you practice with your gear, so that you are preparing not only your gear, but your mind as well.
Until next time, I hope to see you on, or off the trail!