Luab: People resist change

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By Evelyn R. Luab

Light Sunday

Saturday, July 19, 2014

WHEN Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama came up with the “no left turn” scheme along the Banilad-Talamban area, many people were highly critical about what he was doing.

On the first day when this rule was implemented, Mayor Rama was very visible, trying so hard to see how things would go.

On the first day the scheme was implemented, traffic was a mess. People did not know where to make a U-turn, after complying with the no-left-turn rule. Many complained that the traffic became worse and so much derision was cast on the mayor.


I too was one of those who grumbled during the first two days. However, once the system was put in place and the drivers were guided to the designated no-left-turn areas and still managed to reach their destination, traffic became better. Today, I am one of the happy ones because I can now reach my 7 a.m. mass at Redemptorist Church in less than 20 minutes coming from Candauhan, Talamban. Traffic going home at night from my meditation groups in the city has improved a lot too since people have gotten used to the system. So much time on the road is saved. As long as we are willing to obey rules and to accept change, things really can become better.

We in Talamban understand that our present solution will not last forever because eventually there will be more owner-driven cars. What we actually need are wider roads. How can we build wider roads when we now have so many houses existing by the side of the roads? There also are so many cars, motorcycles and bikes competing for the right-of-way. If only politicians would not try to put each other down but instead work together, perhaps life for all of us would be better.

Let’s take the many innovations like the K-12 program, the computers and the upgraded phones. In my case, up to this day, I still am not that computer literate. I just know enough to e-mail and to encode my articles. Actually, it is my caregiver, Jocel, who uses my laptop more often than I do. Up to this day I still wait for the electrician to change my (car’s) fuse for me. Why? My stubborn self refuses to learn anything about electrical or mechanical devices. Hooray for emancipated women. Sadly, I am not one of them.

So I coast along and try to join the tides of change like accepting the fact that my children seem to know more than I do. They are so adept at using the Internet and so are my grandchildren. How did we of the older generation fare during our time? We had no cell phones then. Today, even I can’t manage my affairs without the use of my cell phone. When my children first introduced me to a cell phone, it was because they were so sick and tired of having to look for me at the malls because I never stood still at one part of the mall. I would wander away from where they were supposed to pick me up.

Today, I find my cell phone very useful.

Many senior citizens like me are resisting the change brought about by old age. Some of us have been told to exercise, but how many of us try even to walk around the block? We are told to watch our diet. We have to watch our sugar and salt intake.

Do we? We have to have more of fish, vegetables and fruits. Are we following this very important suggestion?

Water, it seems, is the best liquid we should take. How many of us insist on soda, beer and even hard liquor? Of course we try to obey the warning “Drink in moderation.’’ So how come there are squabbles brought about by drinking sprees?

The hardest thing for me to accept is the fact that the young believe that we the “old” have nothing more to contribute to this world. Not only are we dubbed “harmless” but “useless” as well. As long as we can just grin and bear it, life can be okay but when resentment sets in, then we have to know that resentment only hurts us as we shrivel inside.

We as a community can really form groups to make a happy life so we can laugh at our weaknesses and accept our sensitivities.

I do not resent the statement “People change.” Rather, I applaud the fact that we can change and take risks and succeed!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 20, 2014.


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