Last Impressions

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Several platitudes remark on the importance of first impressions. They highlight how important first impressions are, how one must be good at making them. I have come to realize that more important than first impressions are last impressions. It is somewhat obvious, last impressions convey the final word, set the tone of how we remember people, places and things. Unlike first impressions, where much can be changed, last impressions aren’t open to fixing. Yet, last impressions are often chosen with the least care. As humans, we often burn bridges while quitting on engagements, both personal and professional. I feel saddened when I observe such choices made around me.