The end of the year is always a bountiful time for those of us who love the never-ending scroll of the internet: the pop culture recaps reminding you that, yeah, that happened this year, best-of-_____ lists, Spotify Wrapped, in and out predictions, Twitter threads of unfortunate Main Characters, year-end reflections, pleasantly formatted and hyperlinked fun facts, what-I-got-wrongs, and so on and so on and so on. I’ll read every one I can get my eyeballs on.
I will also not remember a single thing I read in the final week of December and first few hazy-brained days of the new year by, like, January 10th (apart from, maybe, the prevalence of parrot theft – I cannot imagine ever forgetting that).
What I won’t forget, though, are the people who made 2022 a distinctly fulfilling and horizon-expanding year. It’s the same pattern over my entire life. There’s no way I can remember exactly what we read and learned in first grade – but I could never forget meeting the lifelong friends I made that year.
Take it from Criminal Minds’ Agent Rossi: “[O]nly through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we’re not alone.”
Take it from Ben Zoma: “Who is wise? One who learns from every person, as it is said: ‘From all who taught me have I gained understanding’”(Psalms 119:99).
Take it from Rabbi Hillel: “[W]hen I am for only myself, what am I?” (Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Ancestors, 1:14).
It is the people we gather to ourselves – whether for a moment of eye contact, a conversation, a coffee, a meal, a friendship, a partnership, or whatever else – who define the contours and courses of our lives. So as we embark on our 2023 journeys, let’s remember who we met together last year:
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