Every year our family goes home to my mother’s hometown. In part to celebrate a religious holiday and partly to just relax and have a vacation. This time though we came with several of our relatives who hasn’t been back for sometime now. It’s a different experience with them! To the countryside!
I’ve got to admit, though we are not fans of the whole valentine thingy, we are not haters either, and even if we had this date coincidentally falling under the valentine’s season, there’s nothing left to do but to enjoy it.
Our usual destination, restaurants! Be it a hole in the wall, or good ole’ large restaurant, as long as the food is good, we’re willing to splurge a bit.
Well that was fast. January 31st, huh, just like that. It’s all a blur. And now here we are starting another month. Just a quick recap on the first 31 days of 2014:
- I finished two (e)books; The Book Thief, Sputnik Sweetheart. Which are wonderful, brilliant at the same time heartbreaking and depressing.
- Late catching up with friends.
- Watched a political-themed play. (With my brother as one of the actors)
- Volunteer work
- Corporate Life
And here I thought it would be a long list. Well, now moving on, I tell you waking up to a new day is inevitable. We can only do so much to get through to another day, what more of another month, another year etc. But that’s not the point of this post.
Really, because I’m just here to post what the 1st of February felt like. Gloomy, Windy, and like floating in repressed emotions. Well the floating part, I meant that literally.
So it came, loudly if I may say. Fireworks, honks, sirens, loud music, parties. It happened, the earth completed an orbit around the sun. Again. We feel so proud of completing another milestone that it seems like WE actually have done something important to keep the earth orbiting around the sun, like we have a significant role to play.
I know it sounds like I’m complaining about the noises, all the fuss, but seriously, have you asked yourself what’s new? What could the new year bring that the previous year haven’t already brought? Opportunities? Adventures? Things that we ourselves make happen.
We don’t rely our life on earth’s orbit around the sun. We just grab its balls and deal with it. Though I’m not averse to these celebrations, I also think its important to recognize our efforts to make our life better.
We don’t just say goodbye to the year that’s about the end, we celebrate it. You can argue that what we’re actually celebrating for is the coming of a new year, but what difference does it make when days before the year ends we attend gatherings, cook a lot of food, see people we haven’t seen in a long time, celebrating years of friendship, family reunions…admit it, the mood is so festive and happy that its almost like we’re really happy that the year is finally coming to an end. That we’re happy that something is about to die.
Forgive me for such a morbid thought, 2013 brought a lot of things that other years might have brought too, but decided that they’ll come this year. I’m very grateful for these things. I didn’t want to be sentimental and emotional and decided to approach the year end as a burial of both sad and happy memories, and preparing to move on to a new tomorrow. Carrying with us the memories of what was to be able to move forward and wonder if maybe a new beginning will help us understand ourselves better. But a new year is more than a new beginning, its also a continuation of the previous day.
Death. Beginning. End. Rebirth. When thinking of it, nothing ever ends, we just continue and move on. Take some risks, here and there, but everything lies in our choices. We make our own beginnings whether it’s the new year or its not.
Have a Happy New Year! 🙂
First week of December and a few members of our family will be celebrating their birthdays on the first week. They decided to try out this restaurant at Calauan, Laguna. Originally from Geron, Tarlac, they decided to branch out and here it is operating for 2 years now.