My life is mostly OLD SCHOOL. Keyword, “mostly”, because: 1) I’m writing on here 2) I drive a car instead of a horse 3) I use time saving devices like a washing machine. But below are examples of the many ways I am “Old School.” (by the way, I’m not old school just for the sake of being old school. Thinking that older is better is a form of chronological snobbery. C.S. Lewis used this to describe modernism which argues that newer is better). The aspects of my life that I choose to go the old school route is for the benefits of that particular way.
Examples of going “old school” in my life include:
My eating habits: Avoiding processed foods, intermittent fasting, alternating between carnivorism and vegetarianism and veganism (as ancestors would have access to plants seasonally and meat from animal availability).
My weight lifting habits: I do not use machines which isolate muscles. I do functional movements using barbells which use balance as well as multiple muscle groups at the same time. Why workout with a machine, when YOU can BE the machine! 💪🏋️♂️
My musical interests: Instead of listening to mp3’s or iTunes, I am a lifelong student of playing the guitar, violin, piano, and ukulele.
My reading: I read A LOT. But what’s old school about my reading is my strong preference to hard copy books over e-books. I feel I can concentrate and focus better this way.
My grocery shopping: Walk there without the car and check out with a person as opposed to the “do it yourself” check out line. Get yourself some human contact!
My phone: I use a flip phone. (benefits include but not limited to doing something harder and removing the temptation to use the Internet too much).
My side hustle: I’ve done some part time work on a farm! Ducks, chickens, and sheep walking around everywhere like they’re pets.
Mowing the Lawn: I own and prefer using my push mower (DOES NOT USE GAS OR ELECTRICITY) for several reasons such as: you get a harder, better, more intense workout, it spreads the grass more evenly, it’s healthier for the grass (snipping rather than chopping/tearing), it’s more peaceful due to the softer sound, and it’s obviously good for the environment.
Etc: Due to a busy schedule, I don’t use these as much as I would like, but I do indeed own a vinyl record player and a type writer.
My faith: I love the wisdom of the early Church Fathers, old hymns, Latin prayers, and all the many rich treasures in the history of our Church.