I bid adieu to 2021. It’s been a better year for the entire world. I don’t remember the last time I tried to write and express how I feel about this chaotic, deranged and incomprehensible mad virus that shook the world and turned it upside down. This 2022, I fervently hope that we can be like dusts becoming a pearl. Whole, contented and ready again to face a new chapter with the remaining years of our healthy lives.
For two years (more or less from when the pandemic started), we were taken to a different dimension. As if humanity was forgotten in oblivion and no one is doing anything about it, more so nothing can be done at all. Even medical researchers , scientists, the oligarchs and even the members of the clergy are clueless and oblivious to what was happening to the world. I can think of a whole lot of adjectives to describe the different roller coaster of emotions hovering us.
I am basically an easy going type. Never sweating the small stuff. I always choose to be happy just because I hate to feel lonely. Besides , who wants a company who’s always whining and fretting or just feeling sorry for themselves, among other toxic activities that an unhappy person would do? Nobody!
In retrospect though, 2020 wasn’t really that disappointing. I pulled off my students’ recital amidst the strange virus, was nominated for Philippines’ ALIW Awards (USA’s Grammy), in a category that fit what I’m doing, did collaboration shows with my talented students, performed virtually (and did a jazz workshop) for the prestigious Cultural Center of the Philippines, guested for virtual events internationally, moved to a better apartment, learned more songs, wrote original songs, started vlogging, online lessons, did afternoon gigs, wrote an article for a newsletter, judged a song writing competition, worked on my health and wellness, consistent in doing yoga and meditative activities, have more time speaking to my brother, daughter, family, dear friends, took long walks and smelled the flowers, sat down by the seashore, made new friends in person (although totally masked up), and virtually. I guess that’s a LOT and I can go on and on. Therefore for 2021, despite the global adversity, 2021 has been kind and I’m profoundly grateful to the most Almighty for helping me make it through.
Surviving year 2020 and finally crossing over to 2022 via 2021, I want to conclude that overcoming fear is now one of my admirable qualities that I can share with some of you who are still groping and endlessly asking all your WHYs to the universe. Being good in managing life is never an easy task, but it’s all worth the energy and effort. What is life without chaos? Boring!
Cliche, but I am making baby steps forward to more colorful and exciting days ahead with love, faith, joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, Thank pride, amusement, inspiration and awesomeness.
I shall be waving farewell to 2021 and no plans whatsoever on looking back. Life. It is what it is. Like it or not. Personally, I love my life!