This year we a lost a lot of innocence and hope.
This year we lost a number of voices that inspired and entertained us through the arts.
This year we helped regressively shape our world as never before, through technology and geopolitics.
But most importantly, 2016 was a year which, despite the loss of collective virtue, artistic talent, and advance of geopolitical meltdown, I created my own position in the universe through equanimity and acceptance. I crafted my own voice and learned that one can have an opinion, but you can only keep what you can argue for. I learned that if you can't understand the framework and history of someone else's POV, then you probably don't understand your own.
Over the next few years, I'll be embarking on a different adventure than I have been, through the world of academia and diversified community involvement. I want you, fellow human, to understand that there are switchbacks and cul-de-sacs in life. There are moments in which it appears your life is hopelessly in tune with a chaotic beat of destruction.
If that moment arrives for you in 2017, as it has for me in 2016 many times, I have no gleeful advice or buttery pseudo-philosophical ideologies for you to grasp onto. I have no self help or divine theological mantras for you to ingest in the hallways of fear.
Humans are but hapless creatures when we forget our interconnectedness. In 2017, don't forget that the social fabric is torn and frayed. It is our duty to motivate ourselves, to give ourselves hope by digging deep and seeing the value, as opposed to the many differences, of the mythical "other". This value is priceless and will continue to change our world over the next century. A communal awakening will be a global cure for apathy and indifference, for intolerance and hate.
My efforts will be focused on urban renewal and sustainable development. I want cities to be inclusive of culture, of religion, of individual and communal endeavours that transcend our binary delineations. I want the spectrum of humanity to come alive before our eyes.
In 2016, humanity was thrust to its knees. In 2017, my wish is to help it rise to greatness again. One step at a time...