Lesson Learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? (Author: Tara Weaver)
After too many deaths one month, I learned (or relearned) to enjoy experiences, to live in the moment I was in, to let go of worries and to “go with the flow.” Loss of people reminded me to not spend my time worrying about stuff because stuff can always be replaced.
I realized if I spent my vacations worrying about pickpockets or language barriers or trying to do everything, I wouldn’t enjoy my vacations. I chose instead to look around and see and experience differences, to try to understand what I could, to be aware of where I was and what I was involved in without worrying about “what might happen” or “what others would think.”
Going forward, I continue to remind myself that family, friends, experiences, and adventures (however I chose to define “adventure”) are what is important in my life. I will continue to stop and watch a sunset, see the light change over the course of the day, and watch as clouds float through the sky. I will laugh in the rain and catch snowflakes on my tongue.