As i write this, the nation has already slowed down. One of my favorite memories of Holy Week is the one spent in our old apartment in the heart of Kapitolyo in Pasig City (before it was just called Barrio Kapitolyo). Our small house was just right across the village’s church and because of that Holy Week was always eventful. I can still recall the times it was just me, my mom, and my brother because my dad was living in Sarangani for a time. Even as a child, I viewed Holy Week as a time of reverence and silence, which has always been difficult for me because I was never one to sit still or be quiet.
However, Holy Week in recent years has changed. Today, streets are no longer emptied and the stillness once experienced in our younger years is nothing but a memory. Yuppies savor the chance to wake up past 6 a.m. and just lounge in bed for two hours without worrying about deadlines, missing meetings, and calls from bosses, clients, and so forth. It has still given me the pleasure of silence but silence as you grow older changes and you’re just thankful for the still moments in between.
As I write this, news about the recent attacks in Brussels fill my timeline and all news outlets. The world barely recovering from the attacks in Paris and in other various parts of the world, and here we are surprised with another one. It reminds us that life, despite it appearing to be extremely difficult and grueling at times, is short and we must learn to prioritize what’s important and what isn’t.
It reminds us to stop living for things that do not matter. It reminds us to take the time to slow down and spend time with a family member. My dad would always tell me that time spent at work should not eat up time spent with family. He says that I should always remember that family should be top priority no matter what.
As a child, I’ve always thought that women doing it all were the true heroes. But in truth, this is a myth. There is no such thing as women doing it all. It’s about women prioritizing what’s important and that sometimes means sacrificing specific friendships and opportunities to put what’s important first.
In a way, it was a wake up call I needed to reevaluate my life and accepting that while I cannot do it all, I can do the ones I prioritize well.
As we celebrate Easter, I thank God for the gift of resurrection and in His promise that he can bring to life whatever I thought was dead in my life and in yours too.
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