As you know, I love sending texts to random people to see what they’ll reply back to me, a complete stranger. This time I sent 242 texts out.

Most people don’t reply or tell me to skedaddle. That’s cool. Whatever. But then some people do reply and what they reply is often funny, insightful, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, or just plain awesome.

And this time the theme was “2017.” I asked all 242 numbers the same question: “What is the absolute best thing you hope will happen in 2017?” Here are 13 of my favorite responses:

1The back-to-school student…

2The smart ass…

3The marathon runner…

4The unknowingly hopeful…

5The providing single mom…

6The determined addict…

7The one who will be happy…

8The optimistic aunt…

9The sarcastic tech…

10The fireman’s next lover…

11The estranged one…

12The soon-to-be perky one…

13The donut genius…

(That was the last one!)

As always, humans are indeed awesome. This was a fun one. And, hey you. Keep being awesome. 2017 is going to be a great one…

Dan Pearce

Go here for all the past “Wrong Numbers” posts.

And PS. In case you’re wondering my full process in this, I wrote about it once upon a time. While it’s amazing, it’s not all fun, or without mistakes made along the way!

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!