Dear 2022

I know that our arbitrary division of dates mean nothing; that January 1st is just the day after December 31st, but it’s still culturally important to us. We pretend that this is a chance at a fresh start, and that really all the other days aren’t. At least not in the same way.


I don’t have any resolutions. No promises to make. I just have a few wishes.

Please Make Covid Harmless

We all just want to get back to some sense of normality now. It’s getting really old. 2020 didn’t manage to keep it on a leash, and 2021 has only done it marginally better. It’s up to you now, 2022. Make us proud.

Save the World

A big ask, I know. We’re really really behind schedule on action to prevent catastrophic climate change. All the years before you since the start of industrialisation have ignored this. Again, please step up. I really don’t care how you do it, but do something. We need radical change, not just blabbering.

No Surprises Please

I don’t want to live in ”interesting times”. Not now. Just please give us a predictable year. Radical changes to the positive are fine, and even wanted, but as for unexpected twists and turns in general… Just don’t, okay?

Just give me some peace and quiet.

Thank you.

-- CC0 Björn Wärmedal