When someone says "I can only hope to X", what does she mean?
How is it different from the simpler expression "I hope to X"?
Would it be natural to use "I can only hope to" in the following case?
I know this is just the beginning of many more successes, and I can only hope to celebrate them with you in the future.
If not, what would be a good replacement in the above sentence? I would like to say that I am so confident that something will happen (in this case, the success of the person I am addressing), that the only uncertainty I have left is if I will be able to celebrate this success with her.