On this day last year, I was on vacation in Australia, watching the Southern Hemisphere’s summer come to a close, excited that while I was away, New York would be slowly unthawing. I spent the day with friends at Bondi Beach, eating fresh prawns and drinking Aperol spritzes (remember 2019?), looking out at the ocean and feeling the fog of jet lag begin to clear. When I flew back to the U.S. two weeks later, I started working at Man Repeller. After a winter of uncertainty, navigating job-loss in a country where I need to be employed in order to stay, it felt like everything was finally falling into place.
To me, this time last year was perfect—it felt that way at the time, and it feels that way in hindsight, too. Three weeks after that day in Bondi, my best friend visited me in New York. One morning before I went to work, we took the A to Columbus Circle and walked through Central Park. It was one of those mornings when you can feel the memory being made. We were greeted by a million cherry blossoms and the city’s air was the sweetest it’s ever been.
Fast forward to today, and I’m trying my best to live by that Dr. Seuss quote I most definitely reblogged on Tumblr at some point in 2010: Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. For every plan I’ve had to cancel this spring—including my annual trip home—I’m able to look to last spring and find something I’m thankful to have been able to see come to fruition. And so, I’m curious: What were you doing on this day last year? What happened in your life last spring that you’re feeling thankful for now? Or if last spring wasn’t great for you, what’s something in the last year that you’re grateful for today? Please leave your favorite memory in the comments below—I’d love to read them.
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