Writing this on the first day of 2014 while taking advantage of a little downtime at work.
December 2013 had been a lousy month. It started with a promise, and then somewhere along the way it spiraled down and never recovered. It was the month my daughter Raven got confined two times — at Makati Medical Center from Dec. 10 to 13 for acute tonsillitis with severe allergic reaction, and at Antipolo Doctors Hospital from Dec. 22 to 24 for UTI. She recovered, thank God, but damage had been done on our holiday plans, not to mention wallets, and it was beyond repair. Murphy’s Law, I guess.
Other stuff made my December look like it should be crumpled and chucked into a wastebasket, but I’d rather not elaborate.
Biking provided solace. Never was I happier than when I’m pedaling alone on those fair-weather weekend mornings, randomly picking streets and side streets, testing my endurance on uphill climbs, freewheeling on downhill roads, eating cheap lugaw for breakfast—just me and my raggedy-ass ride and the wind on my face. And my thoughts, too. Been doing a lot of thinking these days, and perhaps that’s where the problem lies. I’d never met an over-thinker who’s happy in life.
Notable events that happened between my Japan trip and now:
- Joined wife and daughter in school field trip to Ocean Adventure and Zoobic on Nov. 28. Fun day, but extremely tiring. Woke up at 3 a.m. and wasn’t home until 11 p.m.
- Charmaine and I celebrated seven years of marriage on Dec. 16.
- Received award from OFW group KAKAMMPI on behalf of GMA News Online on Dec. 18.
- Joined a group of enthusiastic amateur photographers (i.e. proud parents) during Raven’s class Christmas party on Dec. 21.
- Attended annual reunion with college dabarkads at Eastwood City.
All fun and memorable in their own way. And yet, as religious scholars are wont to say: Shit happens, man.
So: 2014. New hope, new page, new leaf. All that crap. Right now, I’m only thankful that my family celebrated Christmas and New Year complete and in relatively good health. A lot of people, especially in those Yolanda-hit areas, can’t say the same thing.