10+ Old School Skills Everyone Needs to Learn For The End of The World

9 min readMar 12

As a child, I was very lucky to split my time between the city and the country. During the school year, I spent most of my time in the city. But in the summers, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents in the country.

They were old-school, Depression-era survivors. And while they experienced the Depression era as teenagers, it stuck with them their entire life.

And this is how they raised their children and grandchildren. While my friends were at the arcade playing PacMan, I was already learning about:

  • cooking at home
  • reduce, reuse, recycle
  • how to garden
  • how to read the weather
  • how to avoid dangerous animals
  • how to treat an insect sting
  • how to know when to get medical attention
  • how to sew
  • how to handwash laundry
  • the proper way to fold a fitted sheet
  • how to can and preserve food
  • how to hunt and fish
  • how to knit and crochet

They lived on a mountain and did not have cable tv or a VCR. And years later, they never got Internet either. They truly lived back how it was in the 1800s.

This impressed on me significantly, especially now living in this chaotic 2020 decade. Life is more upside down now than ever before. Whether it is random climate events, pandemics, or political upheaval, I was taught to not rely too much on technology. And instead, rely on myself and my community.


My son is Gen Z and relies on his phone. It’s just a fact of life for kids his age. I did not own a cell phone until I was 25 years old. And back in 2000–2010, it was a flip phone. So when I…


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