Family Time-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
I ADMIT. Since I got my second lease on life, I have been keeping myself really busy with accomplishing things that I have been putting on my bucket list. Like everyone else, I have my share of hopes, wishes, dreams and aspirations that I believed will never get the chance to reach fruition. It had been my bucket of sighs, having that nagging feeling of regret that I will never be able to do any of them either because I was physically no longer able to or because I had let chances slip away. It is difficult to live with these realities knowing that you may have been able to achieve them while you still could. Tsk. Tsk. Sometimes I lie awake at night just thinking about these things.
But sometimes, life too, has its own surprises. There are rare opportunities when you get a second chance to make things right.
I did. So off I go into the world to conquer what I still can! It is a great feeling, really, to be able to do it while I still all have my human faculties intact. There is nothing like being able to discover and rediscover things! I can say that I have been enjoying my life in the last ten months and I love it!!
Only lately, I have been feeling like I'm missing something. There seems to have been a palpable void that has emerged from nowhere. Lately none of my activities seem to make me feel accomplished. There has been this feeling of fatigue and lack of enthusiasm that I cannot seem to shake. This growing discontent just kept building up that I just had to seriously think about what's been eating me. Well, now I know.
I have been missing my family.
It seems that in my flurry of activities, I have hardly been able to spend time with them the way that I used to. Of ourselves we still get to do some family-oriented activities but they were always done in haste and more often than not, never completed like going to spend time together such as going to the mall. These days we go there together but we don't really spend the day together. We sort of just text each other when we are done doing our individual things then just meet up to go home together. Somehow, I refuse to accept that this is what is called “quality time.” What do you think?
I guess I constantly need to be reminded that I belong to a family who loves me unconditionally. They sing my praises when I deserve to be praised, but when I get out of line and swell-headed, expect for them to kick me back to my senses. Which is a really, really good thing. We do need for significant people in our lives to remind us that we need to be humane human beings and not drown in the materialistic world that we are swimming in.
It just needs to be said that quality time with your family keeps one centered and assured that there is a strong support group just waiting for you should you need any form of help and nurturance. The fact that they will never hesitate to put you in your place when you are feeling way too egoistic about the great achievements that enhance your day to day existence. When you feel like scum of the earth and that no one seems to notice that you are going through rough times, they will be there to scrub off you the sidewalks and put you in a safe place where you can start over.
There is nothing absolutely wrong with going for your dreams and joint the rat race along with the rest of the world. It is life enriching and in the end, we do stand to learn a lot from it, as much or even more than what we gain from it. In the process we sometimes lose track of the other, more important things like spending time with friends and family. We should really take the time to be with them and just see how everyone is doing.
I hope you do the same thing today. Do not let this day pass just to sit and chat and eat and just cherish the time you have made to be with each other. There may have been things that needed to be said but you have not been able to do. Take that trip you've been planning or watch that movie you said you were going to watch with them. Spend time with your families, please. It will be good for you and your weary soul. Then, you can rejoin the rat race recharged, happier and ready to face challenges head on again, knowing that your family knows that they mean the world to you and that nothing else will ever come lose.
Happy Sunday!!! ;)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 01, 2013.