Changes, Good and Bad

I am one of the many Filipinos who's life has changed after Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy.

This author has always been aware of her surrounding. Having been schooled on how to take extra care of our Planet, I must admit that it is not enough to achieve a certain change that we need. Have you watched the remake of the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"? It was said that something big has to happen first before we wake up and realize the mistakes we are doing. I guess that is exactly what this Typhoon made us do, we now find greater importance for the things we use to neglect while we don't waste our time anymore with frivolous things.

There is a lesson be learned in these recent events and I can only pray that all of us don't have to take an exam on it. Not too soon, at least. But it seems that there is an impending pop quiz that will soon hit my fellow Filipinos once again. Typhoon Parma is making its way to our beloved yet uncared for country to test our ability to take the worst. I am only hoping that we survive it again.

As for me, I am dealing with two major changes in my life. First one, is a lifestyle change, while the other one is of career.

Before the Typhoon arrived, I have been accepted as a writer for a high fashion magazine. It has always been my dream to become a writer/editor for a magazine. I thought I didn't get it until I received an SMS on my birthday that I got the position as full-time writer. I felt vindicated for the things that people said I've been wasting my time on for the past year. And yet, a little daunted because I'm so clueless on how a fashion magazine works. Nevertheless, I am not afraid to take on the coming challenges.

Of course the road doesn't end here. Today at the first of work, I learned a lot on how a magazine works and how it is delivered in your beautiful, french-tipped hands. I learned the inspiration and perspiration that went behind every page. It is very humbling and at the same time gratifying. And I will soon be a part of that.

I am most grateful that despite all the trials and calamities, I still have something to make me feel alive. And with that, makes me want to live this life to the fullest. When my mom died, I thought that my life would end up in the dumps because she isn't here to guide me. Now, I realize that she has really equipped me with enough strength of character to survive anything and enough intelligence and common sense to decide my fate. That I can make it no matter how many times I fall.

There is a rainbow after rain, if only we bother to look.

Fellow Filipinos, let's show the world what we are made of. Let's show them how to survive.

Prayers to everyone. Please be safe!

much love,

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