Skills I’m Teaching Myself Because It’s the End of the World

And I feel fine!

Jenna Goldsmith


Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Alright, so maybe the sky isn’t falling or the Earth hasn’t cracked in half and swallowed us whole, but things are getting harder. There seems to be no end to these hardships piling on humanity — and indeed they’re affecting certain groups more than others — but I’m trying to “prepare” myself for what’s to come.

I used the word “prepare” because I don’t know what other words to use. It connotates a doomsday-like sentiment, which I don’t really have. There’s no Armageddon. I’m not building a bunker.

The world might not be ending in a movie-like “end of times” scenario, but times are tough. I’m incredibly lucky to have the resources I do, but I’ve learned that things can change fast. It always helps to have tools in your metaphorical tool box.

So I’m just harnessing some skills which I think will be useful in the future.

Gardening and Growing Food

With the cost of… well, everything going up, it’s more important than ever to be able to be self-sufficient. At least to some extent.

I am so very lucky and privileged enough to have a space for a garden, both flowers and vegetables. With this land, I’m able to grow a small variety nourshing food. It comes nowhere close to feeding my whole family, but it provides enough to take some pressure off.

Any excess, I might try to see if I can give away to neighbours or friends to help them out too! Build a sense of community.

And growing food doesn’t just have to be for people who have land. Herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, and some other fruits and veggies can be grown in containers on balconies or terraces.

Any little bit is better than nothing. Knowing how to grow plants and care for the soil is knowledge that will benefit everyone in the future.

Sewing and Mending

As I write this I feel a little like a hypocrite because one of the tabs open in my browser is a clothing store, but I fully believe that we should try to get back to sewing and mending our own clothes.