Global Q&A: ‘What are you looking forward to most in the coming year?’

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
December 26, 2012 Updated: September 29, 2015

Thoughts for good health for oneself and others, plus creating positive life changes, is what Epoch Times reporters from Hong Kong to USA found was important to locals when asked:

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Sing, Hong Kong, China (The Epoch Times)

Hong Kong, China

Sing, 21, Undergraduate Language Student

What I am looking forward to most in the coming year is good health, I think. Yes, good health that is the most important thing. Besides health, a happy family life is very important for me. That is what I feel. Good academic results are also important.

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Mark Rushton, Sydney, Australia (The Epoch Times)

Sydney, Australia

Mark Rushton, 50, Sports Administration, Treasurer of Blowfly Cricket

Good health for myself and for other people that I care for, especially the autistic kids, and the development of the program further. That’s what I’m most looking forward to. We have two centres now. The program is a form of cricket for children with autism, a modified form of cricket [called blowfly cricket]. It’s non-competition, people go out there and have a good time, and we cater to not just a child, but the siblings, parents, grandparents. And it goes for about 2 hours maximum on a Saturday afternoon.

NOTE: Blowfly Cricket is a hybrid form of cricket for children with autism, Asperger’s, Down’s syndrome, mental illness, age range 4 to 18.

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Mayssa Hlaihel, Athens, Greece (The Epoch Times)

Athens, Greece

Mayssa Hlaihel, 32, Psychologist, Family Business Entrepreneur

In this coming year, I would say I am mostly looking forward to being able to more effectively impact my environment in the most positive and creative way—from my garden, to my kitchen, to my office, to my social surroundings. As well as adapting a more self-accepting, less judgmental attitude of myself and others. I wish this for everyone else as well.


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Kevin Andrade, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (The Epoch Times)

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Kevin Andrade, 27 Years, Singer and Composer

In 2013, I want happiness for myself and all human beings, plus I want to see with my eyes, everything in another way. I think this is the way.

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Emelie Neumann, Malmö, Sweden (The Epoch Times)

Malmö, Sweden

Emelie Neumann, 18, Social Science & Society Student

I am looking forward to taking my bachelor exam and traveling around to see the world. I am also looking forward to beginning an adult life.

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Sheshan Kankanamge, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (The Epoch Times)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sheshan Kankanamge, 21, Full-time Student, Part-time Audit Intern

The thing I’m looking forward to the most in the new year is basically trying out new interests and trying to get over bad habits from the past. I try to look for something better if the past year hasn’t been great to me. It’s just I believe in a new beginning and the new year is always a good start for everything.

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Edith Benson, Ohio, USA (The Epoch Times)

Ohio, USA

Edith Benson, 90, Retired Secretary

I just hope that there won’t be any bad accident or events that happen in my family. And I’m hoping for good health for myself, my family and friends. I also hope we have a reasonable mild winter.

Look for the Global Q&A column every week. Epoch Times correspondents interview people around the world to learn about their lives and perspectives on local and global realities. Next week’s global question: “Do you think the Facebook phenomenon is positive or negative?” 

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