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8 lives, 8 dreams, 2018

As human beings, it is in our nature to hope. Whether we are rich or poor, young or old, we wish for life to unfold a certain way; we wish for our dreams to come true; we wish to spend our time in this world as happily as we can.
Even when happiness eludes us, it doesn’t deter us from hoping. When life disappoints us, we dare to hope once again. It is this instinct that helps us pick ourselves up every time we fall.

Indeed, where would we be if it weren’t for our ability to hope?

The dawn of a new year brings with it new goals and fresh perspectives.  With the lessons we have learnt over the past year, we decide how to spend the next year. For some of us, it is about personal goals like good health or a promotion. For others, achieving contentment and peace could be a priority. Whatever the case, hope for a better life is at the heart of it all.

Soulveda met people from different walks of life and asked them what their hopes and dreams for the year 2018 are. Here’s what they had to say:

(A few names have been changed)

  • Marianna Stephania, Mexico-based content writer

    I have spent a good part of my adult life dealing with the frustration of not living the life that I had imagined. Now, I have realised that it’s better to be open to possibilities and develop the strength to cope with problems. My hope for next year is to live an honest life; when there is hate, answer with love; keep fear where it belongs, and finish writing my book.
  • Andy, Non-binary Transperson

    The past year has taught me how to unlearn and relearn, how to care for myself, how to be more open about my identity as someone outside of the gender binary and how to ask for help. My perspective for 2018 is built on these lessons. I wish to achieve a state of mind that will help me truly respect my life and its amazing possibilities.
  • Italo Rovere, Brazilian Poet

    This year, I hope to reorganise my life back home in Brazil. I want to make enough money to be able to come back to India for a longer period. I want to continue teaching people how to make books by hand. I also wish to publish my new collection of poetry on the themes of love and light.
  • Lalantika Polamada, Creator of Vedic Board Games

    Motivated by my family, I conceptualised and designed vedic card and board games at the age of 70. I hope to create awareness about the wisdom of the ancient scriptures. My aspiration is to serve the society in my own humble way.
  • Dania Zafar, Lahore-based Graphic Designer

    World peace is on my mind. I hope there are no terrorist attacks this year. I want a better relationship with our neighbouring countries. As a Pakistani, I'd like to be able to say to my parents, ‘I am visiting my friend in India,’ and not have them worry. As an artist, I hope to interact with artists from South Asian countries. Hope we all come together and create beautiful art.
  • Govindan P, Security Guard

    Since retirement, I have been working as a security guard to support my children financially. My life revolves around them. My daughter is aspiring to buy herself a home this year. I also want to get my son married. My wish is to make their dreams come true.
    (Quote has been translated from Tamil)
  • Dr Aditya Togi, Astrophysicist & Astrologer

    As an astrophysicist, I am aware that we are made of stardust. In a way, we are all children of stars. As an astrologer, when I study the stars in a chart, I am curious to understand how these distant stars influence our lives on earth. The 'how' is my quest. So, in the coming year, I hope to formally combine my research in astronomy with my studies in astrology. It is my attempt at being one with the universe.
  • Latha, AIDS Survivor

    I have no dreams for myself. But my dreams for my daughter are big. She will graduate this year and I wish to see her pursue her post-graduation in the coming year. I want her to show the world that despite struggling with the stigma of an illness like AIDS, one can still fulfill their dreams. I want her to be an inspiration to others. 
    (Quote has been translated from Kannada)

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