When I look back at 2021, I am reminded of the burning desire for change that I carried in my heart. Alas, illness snatched my hopes and left me defeated with nothing but broken dreams in my hands. I was at death’s mercy begging for a chance to live. As I lay on the hospital bed after a lifesaving surgery, I realized the fragility of life and how I took the importance of good health for granted, in my pursuit of a bright future.

When I look forward, gratitude and joy will be the soundtrack of my life. I’m fortunate to still have breath in me. I plan to live life intentionally, doing things of value and meaning. I’m elated about all the opportunities that life will afford me as I continue fighting for my future.