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Message of hope amid pandemic crisis

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what a storm’s all about,” said Haruki Murakami.

Dear COVID-19, my name is Happy Liang and I’m writing to you on behalf of every person here on Earth. You have changed my life. And I think the same goes for everyone else on Earth. Every time I turn on the news, bad news about you appears. If it’s not about you it’s about the chaos you caused. Headlines screaming about more deaths. Videos of an empty Times Square with no one cheering to welcome the new year. Pictures of patients lying in hospital beds, connected to tubes. You have certainly changed 2020, but as the whole world moves into a new year, I want to say something that goes for everyone here on Earth. Although you might have damaged our pride, you might have broken our hearts, you might have damaged the whole planet, I believe we can stop you and emerge victorious. Most of all, I believe we can spread more positivity and hope throughout the world.

Many world leaders have realized that giving hope is the best medicine for their suffering citizens. I read an article recently where the author gathered a collection of world leaders’ speeches about 2020. They were inspiring and filled with hope and I felt so happy and looked at the world with a new light. Like Boris Johnson said in his New Year’s speech: “So I can imagine that there will be plenty of people who will be only too happy to say goodbye to the grimness of 2020. But just before we do, I want to remind you that this was also the year when we rediscovered a spirit of togetherness, of community.”

I know we can do it.


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