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Dear 2020 and 2021, I’m writing to you in tandem now because for me you are inextricably linked. You both held and hold great hope and great fear I am doing my best to reconcile. You, 2020, opened the doors of opportunity for me. New city, new job, new apartment, new friends, new lovers, and...
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Dear 2020, We had a rocky start. You were cold and financially unstable. I was always dreading waking up to you. I worked hard to make things better, make them easier. You were a fortress of sadness for the first four months. I lost some family and friends. I lost my car. I drank too...
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Bare feet on the cliffside wondering how it will all end, the darkness swallows me. Rocks and sticks pierce my skin, as I take another step, but the coldness has taken my will to feel. I dance carelessly along the edge, knowing I have to make a choice, hoping my careless character does it for...
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Dear Younger Self, It was a pleasure meeting you. You were there through it all. I will never forget how you had big dreams and goals for yourself, the ones you use to envision yourself doing. I hope this letter to you does not sound too harsh, but it is something that needs to be...
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Dear Diary, This month’s wellness theme at The Lighthouse is “consent.” I’ve challenged myself to learn more about this subject and find ways to practice it more often. I found a pretty good definition for consent. It’s “a clear, voluntary agreement from one person to another to engage in some form of activity.” So to give...
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Dear 2020, I want you to know, 2020, I wrote this letter to you from a hidey-hole somewhere under my mom’s bed because I haven’t stopped crying yet, and I’m trying to avoid the high cost of therapy in your COVID-19 economy. I also need you to know I’ve filed multiple restraining orders against you...
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  Dear 2020, This is a break-up letter. I am sure you haven’t gotten one of these in a while. I feel childish and petty writing this, honestly, but I know this is the best way to communicate my true feelings. It is over. What we had is done. You probably won’t take any responsibility...
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Dear 2020, You came in like Christmas morning: chirpy, bubbly and singing. I wanted to marry the sh*t out of you at first sight. January 1! I declared myself hinged with the greatness you would bring. But the first thing you did was betray me and left me crying in front of a squirrel-eyed, white,...
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(Josie Portillo)   Dear (John) 2020, With Joyful, Optimism and Hopeful Naiveté, our time together began. Yet, in the words of the great lyricist André 3000, “You can plan a pretty picnic / but you can’t predict the weather.” And baby, that was some really crappy weather you had instore for us! I had no...
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  Dear 2020,   It was mostly bad. It was bad, because I couldn’t see my cousins that live in McComb. I was stuck inside the house most of the time. And kids need to go outside to keep them SANE! I went outside sometimes, but there are too many dogs in my neighborhood. I’m not a big fan, unless my parents...
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