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Open thread: What have you learned?

Every morning I snag my new sneakers and walk on the morning walk. Every time I do it it is reminiscent of my newly acquired motto: Do it now . "Now" is not about the exercise (even if it is true). It is about the decision to stop waiting for a sale or until I felt it would buy something I need and use every day.

Each time I lace myself, I thank my lucky stars that I did not wait for the perfect moment (or at the last moment) to take care of something I needed to do. If I had waited just two more weeks, all the department stores would have closed. I would have stuck with my hole-y, knocked-down, rail-splint that evoked old creeps.

I only wish I had been more attentive to some other information. My wonderful stereo has been silent for months and months because the turntable doesn't work (and probably needs a new tape). Managing it has been on my to-do list for months and months. Now I have no idea when I can fix it, or even how, because so many stores ̵

1; including those who might be able to fix it – are closed and may never open again. I wish I had done it now.

This new motto – and the lessons I learned about it – has helped overcome my delay in archiving important (but annoying) paperwork and personal administrative tasks, about stupid household chores I've been posting for months and projects I've always thought of "coming to." (The fact that I'm a housewife obviously has a lot to do with it!) But it also means I won't postpone contacting a friend or checking in with people, or even stop for some self-care like doing my nails.

How about you? What lesson has quarantine taught you that has changed your life for the better? Let us know in the comments and we will update this column with your lessons on Friday.

Photo by Stanislav Kondratiev on Unsplash

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