Any adult who’s been in an interview will have heard this very popular question at least once in their life:
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
With everything that’s been happening in my life right now, I can’t help but look back at how my life was back then. To quote something I wrote five years ago in A State Of Felicity, “A lot of things had changed.” And it’s the same now.
Have you ever heard news so good that you felt nothing but pure joy? Have you ever come across something so miraculous, that you felt like nothing else mattered?
I have! And it’s the best. news. ever. That’s still how I feel about it, even after five weeks.
Life is short. Too short, for some. In the long and winding passage of time, our lives are merely fractions of everything that has been, everything that is, and everything that is yet to come.
Everything is temporary. Grass grows and withers dry. Flowers bloom and blossom, until the last of its petals fall to the ground. We live, and then we die.
Sometimes you just feel like you’re being slowly backed into a corner. Like your head is being held underwater for way too long, and that any time you feel like things might be looking up, things start taking a downturn.
There’ll be days when you’ll find yourself stuck in a rut. It’s still the same activity you’ve been doing for months now, but this time, you find yourself getting less and less interested with it, and more and more detached from the whole thing. You’re slowly becoming this joyless black hole of negativity, and what’s worse, you’re now starting to spread pessimism and apathy to the people around you. Continue reading
In a world where pictures can be photoshopped, where memes can be easily created, where videos can be spliced and edited to show just one side of the story.. In a world where the news can be bent to serve personal interests, where surveys can easily sway the undecided, and where public opinion can be influenced by anyone with a penchant for drama, let us not be easily swayed by what we see on television, or hear on the radio, or read about in the paper, or discover through social media.
“A sense of shared destiny”
This is what I love about Miriam Defensor Santiago, and what makes her stand out from the rest of the presidential aspirants. She intends to inspire every Filipino to be part of nation-building, to be part of the solution. Not just bystanders watching from a distance, waiting for something to go wrong. Not just apathetic citizens just going about their daily lives, who couldn’t care less what happens to the nation.
Even if you don’t have anything profound to say, or even if you have no idea what’s going on, sometimes all that really matters is that you’re there for your friend in times when you are most needed.