Although 2018 is far better than 2017, it’s not without its challenges.
While coping with the loss of my mama, I lost my lola last June. Just recently, I’ve seen the magnitude of the fact that I’ve lost key people in my life because of the Filipino family movies I’ve accidentally watched in transit. The portrayal of families in these movies is true— there’s always magnanimous love expressed in warm gestures and words. I caught myself bawling, missing the unique support my late loved ones provided. On the other hand, this feeling allowed me to open sharpen my senses and feel the love that’s surrounding me. Here, I saw, heard, and felt that I am loved, cared for, prayed for, and remembered. With this gift, I am thankful.
Furthermore, this year’s circumstances tested my strength and will. It’s noteworthy that I discovered so many things about myself— how much I could give, how much I could take, a new level of resilience I didn’t know I have. I started strong, had it strong, and finished strong. With this, I am proud!
For the fun part, this is also my travel year. I decided to dedicate a certain portion of my income for travel (my money saving skills are tried and tested). This allowed me to lay my eyes on many beautiful places, to talk to kind human beings of different ethnicities and nationalities, and to have my perspective on things changed for the better. With this, I am fulfilled.
Ciao, #NoRegrets2017! 🌻
Hello, #SelfCare2018! 💆🏻♀️