Today, I turned 19.
It’s somehow amazing to think that I’ve come this far. Just 19 years ago, my Mom and I are on the brink of breathing our last. The doctor said that there is only a 50-50 percent chance that the both of us would live after my Mom’s caesarean operation. But look at me now – living a well and healthy life blessed with so much love from all the people around me. I really, really feel so fortunate.
For my 18th birthday last year, I chose to spend it in travelling with my Mom and relatives instead of throwing a grandiose debut celebration. We ventured the northern part of the Philippines and I had such an amazing time. I also wouldn’t forget how I made one little boy, who poked me on my back and quietly asked if I wanted to buy his sampaguita, happy because I bought all the flowers he was selling. His smile made me realize that it’s actually the little things that matter most and they’re mostly the ones worth remembering.
Today, I intend to do the same – celebrate my birthday simply, that is. Besides attending the ASEAN Youth Leaders’ Association-Philippines activity on SDG 101 this afternoon, I am going to watch the film, Beauty and the Beast, with my Mom tonight. We’ll probably eat in a restaurant and go shopping for some new shoes and that’s about it. No grand stuff and whatever. Why? Because through the years of seeing different realities – from meeting with the elite people to going to communities of lesser opportunities, you get to realize that the world is truly unfair. Sometimes, we have to take part in bridging those gaps.
Well, enough with the preaching and stuff. (I’m sorry, I get too emotional in moments like these hahaha! But I hope you guys learned something from me though!) This post is also dedicated to you, my readers. I know, for a fact, that I haven’t lived through life blogging, okay. I wasn’t blogging or writing when I was born. (Duh??? 😂) But it has been a year or so that I have been sharing my life, my skills, and my interests with you and even if I get so inactive at times (ugh huhu i’m sorryyyy), you still always go back to this site and take time to read my posts. That is one of the most special gifts you could ever give me. So thank you, thank you, thank you!
I hope you are living your lives to the fullest, loves. Carpe diem, right? But remember, you only have to look for the little things that move you and ignite you because those are the things that are worth living for.