I JUST turned 19 last May 15, again another year to say, “Hello world! I’m getting older.” I woke up with a huge smile knowing that the day was special. My lola greeted me as well as my brother. I got greetings from my phone through SMS and later that day I got calls from people close to my heart, particularly my mom who’s living kilometers away from Davao. I eventually opened my Facebook account to check who remembered my birthday, and I was overwhelmed by all the greetings.
Well, there must be something that awaits me, a surprise maybe?
The night when I arrived to home from work, it seemed like nothing happened. I went in as if just a breeze passing by. Everyone’s busy performing household chores. I went to the kitchen to check the fridge hoping there must be delicious food prepared for me. Feeling disappointed that nothing was inside, not even my favorite “Lechonmanok”. Just a box of a fresh milk, freezing meat and fish, a row of eggs, assorted veggies, and pitchers of cold water, and then I said in a piteous voice, “Guys, happy birthday to me.” They only stared without saying a single word and the atmosphere was covered with severe embarrassment. I felt very insignificant.
I tried to hide my distress and uttered, “Yeah, I’m too old for a celebration; it feels disgusting to react this way.”
I decided to go solo, somewhere where I could ponder on to random things and also release the sadness. It was like a scenario from a dramatic movie. And right now, I thought that was really hilarious.
Well there is nothing I could actually do but look at the brighter side of life, that problem was nothing compared to others. Truly, some of life’s great realizations often come when you are at the peak of uncertainty.
I decided to look back and count on the good things that happened during the day.
My family did not prepare delicious dishes for me but I almost forgot the rest of my day. I was able to eat lunch served in a buffet when I attended a conference and above all, it was not just any a buffet but it was a learning buffet.
I don’t have the budget to treat my friends, but I guess my company is more important than any grand celebration.
I didn’t receive many material gifts, but I had so many friends, relatives, and siblings who woke up early that day just to greet me personally in their most preferred way.
These made me realize there is more to life than a piece of LechonManok. Just kidding!
I'm not confident if makes sense for others the way it did for me. I’m actually afraid that my parents and some of my relatives would read this, but I believe I have all the right to share a slice of my life.
Truly, I was just over reacting. I forgot to appreciate that real happiness doesn’t come from getting big things in life but from enjoying simple things. (Martin Jee M. Capuno)
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