Dear 2022 – An Open Letter to The Year

dear2022-an open letter to the year

As the first week settles in, I hope you’re better than your predecessors.

Dear 2022,

You are finally here! We have been waiting for you. You see, the last couple of years have been rough. 2020 and 2021 have taken their toll on us and we are ready to have you change this. So we welcome you with open arms and hopeful eyes. Like someone, who waits for a light at the end of the tunnel. Like someone, who wants to end this pandemic and lead a normal freaking life.

Yes, we are that desperate.

Your predecessors were not kind to us. They brought with them the pandemic which the whole world collectively experienced. It’s an understatement to say that it changed our lives in a way that no one was prepared for.

Lockdowns and social distancing ironically, made the world seem both – connected yet isolated than what it used to be. Where connecting with your family and friends over a zoom call became normal, working virtually was a privilege only available to a few. People are now attending virtual birthday parties, wedding ceremonies, and graduations. Although I’m grateful that the technology has advanced to this stage where we can at least be connected virtually at a tap of a button, my heart still aches for physical interaction. It’s a double-edged sword, isn’t it?

I’m grateful for what we have but long for what could have been if it wasn’t for the pandemic.

We held on to hope in 2020 because we thought 2021 would be better. We now had vaccinations available, right? and vaccinations would curb the growth. Although it did help a lot in bringing the hospitalizations down, we currently do not see Covid-19 going anytime soon. With 18,31,902 new cases reported globally today, we are witnessing a new wave with Omicron.

The optimism that we had for 2021 was soul-crushing, so now we look up to you with pleading eyes that you would be better.

2022, Is this too much to ask?

For people to know when would they meet their loved ones? The grandparents haven’t seen their newborn grandchild yet. The children are worried about their aging parents. The lovers who strike each day in the calendar waiting to reunite.

For merchants and workers to have a steady source of income? Businesses have been hit with many of them going bankrupt and unable to pay their employees. It’s estimated that the pandemic would push the global employment numbers to around 200 million in 2022.

For children to go to school and learn in a real environment? Parents have to double up as a teacher that might or might not work. Without the social environment that schools provide, many children are unable to interact socially, make friends and learn real-world skills.

For everyone to have good health? This virus is contagious, severe, and deadly. With many people succumbing to the disease, others have reported symptoms of long covid. As someone who contracted the virus, it affected my health like nothing else I experienced so far. It made my body weak so much so that I could witness its effect for as long as 4-5 months after recovery.

For doctors and nurses to not be on high alert all the time? Our medical professionals have worked tirelessly day in and day out to keep as many people healthy as possible. Working long hours of shift, they have seen our friends and family die when we couldn’t be with them. It’s tiresome, thankless work and sometimes the emotional weight is so heavy that many had to walk away.

We all are so tired, 2022. It’s high time that we all need a change. A change in the positive direction. 2022, please bring it with you.

Please bring us some relief so we can stop worrying about these things again. Let us get some sense of normalcy. Even if it’s not the normal we knew of before, you can do better than this. The bar is set too low. We are looking at you for better days. Please help.

2022, We are counting on you.

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