In January 2020, before there was any worry that I would stay indoors for the foreseeable future, I was looking for a new hobby …
I do this every new year, hoping to get rich and learn something new – one year it was supposed to be going to at least one Broadway show a month!
Last year I had the idea to finally try my hand at pottery class. I’ve always imagined myself as that person walking around in coveralls and a cropped top, with clay clay lightly smeared across my cheek as I sat behind the wheel and made cups and bowls to my heart’s content. But last year it shouldn’t have been. As soon as I settled into the perfect pottery studio, the lock started and it didn’t take just two weeks like we all thought. I was broken as my hopes of becoming a master of pottery diminished with each passing month.
I forgot all about it, until a few weeks ago when I noticed that the pottery studio I was interested in was reopening, with the limitations of COVID. I looked at the available classes and found an introductory course with another vacancy. That day I ordered an apron and planned my future morning walks in the middle of the week until class.
Taking this second chance, I realized all the other second chances I would have this year as more people get vaccinated and the world opens up little by little. I look forward to dancing on the sweaty dance floor with a piña colada in hand, watching plays in the theater and sitting in a quiet cafe. All the things I put on hold last year are almost on the menu, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience them all.
What did you put on hold last year and what are you looking forward to this year?
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