2013 has been a year of twists and turns; happiness and sadness at its extremes, the last year might have been great for others, for some it was simply tragic.
No words can express how thankful I was for the past year, it wasn’t smooth sailing, but all I can say is that I was extremely grateful and thankful, because no words can express how blessed I was for the last year.
I didn’t receive a huge house or an awesome car, but these are some of the things that I am thankful for the last year
WORK HARD, PLAY HARD
It wasn’t always a “sunny day”at work, but these guys made working on a graveyard shift fun and bearable. They helped me grow, mentored me, laughed with and at me, and reminded me to shut my mouth when I’m becoming tactless.
I’ve only met them last 2012, but I felt like I’ve known them forever. I’ve said this before and I’m going to say it again, they’re not just weekly training buddies, they’re good friends; special people that made a special place in my heart. I always catch myself laughing when I see or hear the words ATM, bibingka at putubungbung, and all those crazy antics for the past year. I’ve never been good at sports and working out is such a drag, but you made all those crazy stretching bearable.
NOT RELATED BY BLOOD, BUT FAMILY THROUGH AND THROUGH
I don’t see them all the time, I sometimes don’t know what’s happening with them, sometimes I even disappoint them. But I always know that these people are my sisters. That I could always run to them and they would love and accept me no matter what. Even if I don’t see them all the time I know that they’re praying for me always. Jesus will forever be the anchor and hope of my soul, but they’re the rope that kept me anchored. Their faith made grow more in faith; their candidness, their honesty, their love, their life – made me see the real meaning of freedom in love. They’re the people who can correct me, and I wouldn’t feel any resentment after, because you just know that they’re looking out for you – they speak the Truth in Love. I did nothing to deserve their friendship, but I’m just so grateful that God gave me sisters, mom, and mentors in their image. They’re my Paul, Timothy, and Barnabas.
THE FAMILY THAT WAS NEVER AT THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME
My family has never been perfect ever since I discovered its imperfections, but still I couldn’t ask to be placed anywhere else than with them. Last May, my Dad had his second CVA (Cerebro vascular accident) or stroke. We had no idea that it was the second one; I was fearful both for his health and our finances. I started to put matters into my own hands, “diskarte” in my language, but God reminded me that I should just put my trust in Him, I realized that my fears and worries equaled to me not believing in the saving grace of my Father. The second stroke wasn’t critical and can be alleviated with meds, which no longer needed surgery. His hospital bill wasn’t erased or paid by some rich samaritan, but it was taken care of by God in a very unusual way.
I was only fourteen when my Mom left the country, I saw her for two months last 2010, but three years is a reeeeally long time. I’m just sooo happy that I’m given another chance to re-establish one of the most precious relationships in this world – a mother-daughter relationship. I’m extremely happy to see this quirky, barely 150 cm tall lady who tries her best to be a mom to me. I love her to bits even if we don’t get along too well.
More than anything else, I’m thankful for the people that I met, not just for the material things that I received. I’m expecting greater things for this year, to strengthen the relationships that I already have, and to build new relationships this year. I was told that the best investment you can make is with people, and I hope that I can take care of all the investments that I’ve started.
And to start the year, here’s a shameless epic fail selfie!