Looking Forward | Sunset, Puerto Gallera | April 2013
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I am so tempted to say that 2013 has taken a lot from me, what with all the things I've lost. But that would be ungrateful. And I am never ungrateful (or at least I try not to be), no matter what happens in my life. And in fact, despite the heartaches of the last quarter, I am still grateful for all the lessons it taught me.
I will remember 2013 with fondness and gratitude. My Mom turned 60. I got picked to join Passion Night 4 and met inspiring people. OH, LOVE was born. I met and hugged the brightest star of them all. My photo got printed again in a photo magazine in the UK. My sister Dionne won Best Actress at the NabiFilmEx for the Indie Film Infinite Sun. We moved to a new home after losing the old one. My family survived an earthquake and a super typhoon. My best friend Joy was home for Christmas and it was wonderful seeing her again after a long time. I reconnected with long lost friends. I met up with old friends I have not seen in decades.
But que horror! I did not travel out of the country last year (cancelled the birthday trip to HK with my Mom because a few days before the trip, we lost our home). I cancelled my Bacolod trip (for the second time) in two consecutive years. I wrote only one (yes, ONE!) article for Cebu Daily News. And I turned down a TV guesting.
But I have nothing to complain about, really, even with all the heartaches that the last quarter brought. Life has always been good. God has always been faithful.
I will work harder this year. I will blog more often. I will laugh louder. I will take more pictures. I will sleep longer. I will eat better. I will write more letters. I will be braver and bolder. I will be more patient. And I will continue to choose my battles wisely.
I am excited about 2014. I am looking forward to happier things and to building new memories. I hope that we will ALL be given the chance to stand up again, to rebuild our lives, to start over. I believe (and I am claiming it!) that this year will be kinder and better for all of us.