I think it is time to make a shift in the balance of things. We need to become keeper's of the old!
Life has sped forward, technology has grown in leaps and bounds, the rat race has pretty much taken over - and I for one am sick of much of it.
I want to keep the old ways alive! I want to teach them to younger people. There may come a day (SOON) that we will most definitely need them!
Sure, I still want some tech - it is how we communicate with our people! Family, friends, old friends, and new friends (you all). I like having reference info at my fingertips. BUT I still have all my books of information on gardening, homesteading, organic gardening, health/medical info., herbs and natural living and so on. I will NEVER get rid of those - they may come in very handy at some point.
Let us keep alive the old ways -
Home cooking, homemade, sewing, crafting, etc.
Keeping family first ALWAYS
Herbs and foraging - there are so many wild plants that are helpful for healing, for food, there are nuts, berries, wild grapes, abandoned fruit trees, mushrooms and even what we call WEEDS that are so helpful and healthy.
Porch and yard sitting - slow down a little
Use 'snail mail' - send a card or note to someone
We all have stories and pictures about the past - pass them on. Log these stories and copy pictures for future generations - they may well love to know about their ancestors. I know I sure enjoy looking back. Pass on grandma's best recipes or yours or any families.
Recycle - everything that you can. Find new uses for anything and everything.
Make a goal of having a simpler life
Forgo big box stores if at all possible. Use farm markets, small shops, farmers (if possible), grown your own if at all possible. Stay LOCAL
Growing herbs and salad greens can be done in your window seals - you don't have to have a big garden.
Slowly start eliminating things from your life - we don't need all the garbage we keep or buy. No plastic, no pop, raise the temp of house, open windows, less car traveling and more walking or biking, and so on. Save water - both rain and inside water for watering the gardens and flushing and whatever you need.
Keep that dehumidifier water - use it for plants, add to laundry, use for canning, etc.
Watch for clearance and mark downs. Go to garage sales or thrift stores if possible - that is the best of recycling.
Barter with family, friends and neighbors. Maybe you have tomatoes and they have eggs. You can plow a garden and they lend you a canner. You mow grass and they pay you with veggies or fruits.
TAKE ANYTHING someone wants to give you - even if you have to get rid of it! Someday you will need something and if you have said no over and over - they may not check with you. I had a wise elderly man give me this advice years ago.
Most of us will never be self sufficient - that is understandable. Maybe if you live out in the country and off the grid you will be self sufficient.
Let us TRY to be COMMUNITY sufficient!!!!!! That is a great goal. Keeping it local, sharing, bartering, growing, foraging, shopping small, learning, sharing...………...what a goal!
Keepers of the old ways!