For 2022, I Just Want to Survive

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On Christmas Day, I got a series of text messages from my estranged father. After a short exchange that didn’t go well, I blocked his number from my phone. It was yet another loss in an emotionally fragile year. On New Year’s Eve, I watched Encanto and silently cried through Luisa’s song. By the time…

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