Writer: Mariam Elsanabary
Editor: Ahmed Ashry
To all of you who said “New year, new me”
“New experiences, new people”
I will ask them to stop and wait
How about you heal from last year’s heartbreak?
How about you move on from those who made you lose all hope?
How about you fix everything with that person,
Or else your heart will just be inflamed?
Start texting first the ones you love
Tell them you miss them and that you’ve finally found home
Home in yourself and that you’re no longer alone
Forgive those who forgot you
Forgive even worse people, those who did not fight for you
Then, as you’re fixing your relationships with others,
Don’t forget that there’s another
A relationship that will get you through another year
Forgive yourself and make it clear
That you are one of a kind
That you will rock this year
Take your time to heal from yourself, people, and of all the things that you fear
So don’t rush into having the perfect start
Start when you’re ready not just because you must
And by next year you can come and thank me
For finally healing and living life as it should be
For not hiding your feelings but facing them and moving on
For not simply “surviving” but living and having fun.