Bitchy, Bipolar 2013
And here we are again…at the end of another year. 2014, a year of promise and new beginnings, is just around the corner. Another year has taught us something and even if we can’t say it was a good year, 2013 is packed with lessons and revelations we are forced to learn the hard way.
Personally for me, 2013 is full of milestones and great falls. A year of end and beginning. A year of responsibilities vs breathless possibilities. It is a time where the dream ends and reality bites in. Moreover, it’s also a year of learning; a year of self-realization and limitations. It taught me to take hold of the opportunities that will come my way. That time you always take for granted is a time lost forever.
In retrospect, 2013 may not be an altogether good year (with my country just fresh out of the recent calamities) but it isn’t that bad as people seem to think. We uncovered a billion-peso scandal in our government, pulled our hairs out of sheer frustration over government officials; We can only watch in quiet tension from the news the violent clash between Moros and government soldiers in Zamboanga, the never-ending dispute with China over little islands; stand in solidarity with the people from Visayas who experienced the greatest test from mother nature yet: A 7.2 magnitude earthquake and a supertyphoon.
At the same time, we spotted a loophole in the government system. We became painfully aware of how unprepared we are in face of mother nature and man-made destruction. We have realized peace is still out of our grasp but we understood the dynamics behind it. We are able to rediscover our identity as a nation by standing in solidarity with the victims and at the same time, we are able to rediscover the compassion of other nations who quickly came to us in our time of need. 2013 proved to be another year for us to realize that we still have a long road ahead of us, but it’s still a year of hope, of struggles and victories, of loss and our ability to cope.
As said from A Tale of Two Cities, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We shouldn’t remember 2013 as a year that deserves to be forgotten; rather it’s a year worth remembering for time immemorial. For at the end of the day, time empties and leaves us nothing but lessons along the way. Do we make use of it or not?
Happy New Year to us all!
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
– The Great Gatsby