Seasons greetings to all and a Happy New Year.

This is a time when family and friends get together and celebrate the holiday, the time of year when smiles come easily, the time of year to warm hearts and minds, to spread love, peace, and happiness. It’s a time to feel the connection between the loved ones in your life, and the time of year when your life is filled with the people who love you.

However, this is also the time of the year when so many people don’t have anybody to tell them that they are loved. I am one of those people who don’t have anybody to tell me they love me or anybody I can tell that I love. I want somebody in my life so I can look them in their eyes and tell them “I love you.”

Like everyone, I would love to celebrate and connect to somebody who loves me, and I would love them, not just on the holidays, but the entire year. I would like to help others. Sometimes my depression, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence restrict me.

So in this holiday season, be thankful for family and friends, and if possible, please spread the love because I need it.

Darryl Mitchell
Oak Park

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