This letter was recently submitted and echoes the thoughts many of us have as this year draws to a close. Thank you to Amal for sharing.
Hello to me, my dear friend, myself. I write this letter to you even though you know my deepest thoughts. I just need to get my thoughts out of my own head. I am writing to say goodbye to a tough 2022 that has tested me—and all of us—in ways we never could have imagined. From the ongoing conflict in the Middle East to the global pandemic that has affected us all, it feels like this year has been one challenge after another. It’s been a tough road, but I have to keep reminding myself that I should be grateful to have had support and friendship along the way. As I reflect on the past year, I am filled with both sadness and hope. Sadness for all that we have lost and the difficulties we have faced, but also hope for a better future that lies ahead. Despite the challenges, I believe that I am stronger and more resilient because of what I have been through. I have learned to adapt and to find joy in the small moments, and I am grateful for that. So as we all say goodbye to 2022, I am also saying hello to new beginnings and the possibility of a brighter tomorrow. I am proud of myself for not giving up or giving in and for supporting those around me with positive thoughts and actions through the tough times. Next year will be brighter—I have faith in me.