Dear readers, For understandable reasons, this year in writing has been sparse. Both of us have returned to higher ed programs, increased screen time makes internet writing less desirable and there was one other thing…. oh right; there’s a global pandemic that completely shifted the world and everyone in it. Blogging about yesteryear and history took a hard pause because instead of reviving the good tidbits of the nostalgic past, we all got stuck in a disastrous snapshot of what plagues, economic crisis, and societal weariness was like… except instead of experiencing those things independently, some of us in the western world felt that all at once. Ouch. Instead of talking about single instances of retro revival, we decided the most tasteful thing would be to write a year in review about what this trash fire of a year has taught us about keeping in touch with our historical roots. Yup, we are going to try to give a brief overview of what 2020 showed us about keeping in touch with how things were done, rather than constantly going full speed forward all the time. In hopes that 2021 will rebuild us and lift our spirits to a more comfortable and honorable tomorrow, RRBlog humbly submits to you dear readers, our list of optimistic revelations from the historic shitstorm that was 2020. Stay curious, darlings. We are eager to bring you even more as the new year ushers in.
Voice entertainment and radio shows
Snail mail for fun
Renewed appreciation for the arts
Something about embroidery getting big
DiY projects because screw paying people when we have google to save money
Canning and jarring to preserve food Reusables instead of single uses
Protests & Racial and Political tensions
Appreciating the little things
Spending more time ‘off the grid’
Self-care and ‘indulgent’ routines like skin care and bedtime rituals like exercise and reading
Learning new skills and trades because there’s more time to do so
Acknowledging the difference between the worth of your work and the worth of yourself
Craftsmanship in all things
Community and Connection
Making the best of stuff Getting dressed up to go out after being deprived of doing so.
The cool thing about all of these list items is that we will be covering each one in a small subsection called ‘the post-covid revival’ in early 2021. Stay tuned!