The format of a My Take is 150 words – no more, no less – to express an opinion on a different topic each week. This week the topic was lessons learned in the last year.
This past year taught me a lot of things. I didn’t wash my hands nearly enough before the pandemic, and I consider myself a fairly clean person.
I spent too much money going to bars, restaurants and movie theatres. Who knew you could save money when you’re not buying $10 drinks and $20 popcorn.
But the biggest takeaway for me over the last 12 months is realizing I took my friends and family for granted. I was always the one to cancel at the last minute.
It was rude and inconsiderate. I know, I’m not perfect. But I never considered the possibility that dinner with my parents would be ripped away from me.
At the risk of sounding cliché here, I’ve learned to cherish the people around me. If I didn’t have support from friends and family, this year would have been a lot harder.