March Madness

Thomas Lally |

Just a little over one year ago, I wrote something here about how March is my least favorite month of the year.  I have to say that aged pretty well.  I had no idea then what was in store for us, or that it would be the start of some truly strange times.  One of my favorite things about March – the NCAA basketball tournament – even got cancelled, though there was plenty of madness and chaos in the rest of our lives.  March 2020 will certainly be one for the history books.

What a strange year it has been.  I think I went into the office all of about 10 times (though we are very lucky that we can easily do our work remotely).  My planned trip to England to sightsee and visit some in-laws never materialized.  Weekly trips to the grocery store became a welcome reprieve from constantly being at home.

But it wasn’t all bad.  The most important people in my life are still here, which is more than too many others are able to say.  I got engaged and then got married.  We bought a beautiful house in a great neighborhood.  We welcomed a new niece into the world, and marveled at telling her one day what she came into.  All things considered, I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed so many positive things in the last year, while so many others suffered in numerous ways.

And now I’m happy to say that this year, March feels a lot different.  It feels like hope, not just for warmer days like it usually does, but for better days ahead.  I’ve been saying this for about 6 months now, but it finally feels like the light at the end of the tunnel is getting a little bit bigger.  So here’s to a better – dare we say normal? – time in 2021!

The author of this article is Tom Lally, Wealth Manager Assistant at U.S. Wealth Management.