2017, this is what I hope for you.
I hope you will be a year full of smiles and laughs, not tears and regrets. I hope you will be a year that is full of gifts, not of material items, but of good friends and good company.
I hope you will be full of lessons. The kind that will change the way I think about the world; the kind that will open my eyes; and the kind that will keep me humbled and grounded. I hope you teach me lessons that will stay with me for years to come.
I hope you will be full of good relationships. Not the kind that compares and contrasts, but the kind that is whole-hearted, and genuine, and pure. I hope you lead me to people who love me, lift me up, and drive me forward.
I hope you will help me move on from strained relationships, to forget the past and look towards brighter and happier days.
I hope you will be full of days that are filled to the brim with excitement and happiness. I hope you will help me grow through tough days, and they will make me grateful for the happier days.
I hope you will give everyone a second chance, the chance to make things right. The chance to keep fighting, the chance to tell our stories to listening ears. I hope you give everyone the chance to tell someone that we love them. I hope you give everyone the chance to keep working hard at what we want and need.
I hope you will be kind when I make the mistakes that I inevitably will make. I hope you grant me more patience and self love with myself and with my body. I hope you you give me the strength to overcome the pain, and struggles, and adversities of life.
I hope you will be full of new opportunities. Of new experiences that leave people shining with pride. I hope you will be full of new beginnings. I hope you will be full of forgiveness and apologies.
I hope you will be full of fairness and love instead of hatred and ignorance. I hope you will have compassion for all human beings no matter their skin colour, religion, size or sexuality, and I hope you rid the world of any kind of violence, discrimination, body standards.
And above all, I hope you can give us all hope and realise that —
this world is full of decent human beings, full of caring and kind individuals who help one another; people who accept and love one another despite their flaws; people who want to make the world a better place for all
2017, I pray you are the year that everything changes. The year that the hopeless will hope, the year that the unlovable will find love, and the year the lonely will find company.
I know that this year won’t be easy, but I’m looking forward to what’s in store.