Life, the Sea and Surviving the Waves

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By Nina S. Custodio


Sunday, December 8, 2013

IT HAPPENS to me quite often the unexpected. I am particularly irritated when unfortunate things happen at the most critical times. It just makes me want to scream when these really crazy things happen. Argh.

Like many times before, I was sending my article for this column. I had been experiencing bad internet access the past few days which has literally left me disconnected from the World Wide Web more than I wanted to be. It is quite different when you are disconnected because you want to be unavailable for a while, but to not have the control to reconnect is really something else!

So there I was about to resend my article for the nth time when suddenly, the whole article disappears fright before my eyes. Great. Just. Great. Just when you hardly have the time to send the email, you late back to step one!! Geez!! So, I am trying to be as calm as I can and rewrite or at least try to recall what I wrote on that article and HOPE that you are actually reading this right now.

The past week I had been out of town. I welcome the chance to be away because new surroundings always seem to renew me each time. The view from the window in my room on the tenth floor offered an awesome view of the ocean. I am treated to different shades of color each day which just proves to me how beautiful the world remains to be despite all the pollution and all those global warming causing things that we continue to subject the Earth to experience.

Each morning the world greets me with bursting shades of yello, orange and blue. I am not a morning person but somehow, watching the sunrise from my window beckons me to get my butt off my bed and pay attention to the day as it unfolds. It invites me to see the world in a new light each day as it renews my view everyday. Such a sight to behold! The vast sea of blue showered with the colors of morning! It is coffee for the soul, I tell you. Magnificent!

As I linger on to look at the horizon, I realize how vast the ocean is and how one can easily get lost and become unnoticed when you go out there. I am staring out and I see the sea and the distant mountains fading out in a blue haze and think that it IS possible! I see boats and ships near and far and I am thinking too how smoothly they go about covering the distance that they need to cover to achieve what they have set out to do. The sea is looking really calm and inviting, if it hadn't been the Manila Bay, I would actually consider jumping in for a swim!

As I reflect at this site I behold, I am reminded about life and how the world presents itself to each and every one of us to conquer. Isn't it that life is pretty much like the sea or ocean? Aren't we like boats or ships that travel great lengths to get to our planned journey?

The grass looks greener on the other side. We always find people who can make us feel that we have not achieved anything at all. Rawwrrr. There are times too, when we are almost sure that we know how a person feels about a certain experience. Yeah, right. There are similarities in our lives but the fact that there are more things in it that are uniquely ours that makes each experience really just ours.

I have always felt that we may have insights about the experiences of others, but not know EXACTLY what goes in that person's realm of experience and feelings. It is easy to observe from a distance and vent out your views and opinion about what you see, but going through the motions of experiencing it yourself, will be entirely different. Right now the muted shades of blue and gray have merged into one beckoning view of calm. The waves too are 'quiet' bathed by the sun asit creates golden reflections off the water. I would like to be able to look at my life and remember it being this way most of the time. Of course we all know that life is not all smooth sailing. We all will experience our own storms. It will be entirely up to us how to maneuver ourselves to survive it. As we go through it, we learn more about how our lives need to be lived and how we can best make the best out of the harrowing experiences that we have gone through.

There is always a choice to be better and be happier. We can always allow ourselves to succumb to the difficulties but we can also choose to take it with a grain of salt, dust ourselves off and stand up and just move on. Gray clouds have silver linings, sometimes we just need to look a bit harder to find it.

No matter how the tides of our lives behave, we always have to look forward to the shore we want to reach. After all, we have set out in our journeys because we wanted to set foot in its shores. As we sail through storms and calm waters, always remember that all of us have to go through such journey the way all ships go through similar experiences at sea.

There will be ups and downs, there will be moments when we find ourselves in deep water and even near- drowning but we should, always remember that life is like that and the only way to winks to learn to hang on and be hopeful for things to get better.

We may constantly find ourselves examining our lives specially these past months. The natural calamities that came and went just pushed us to rethink how we are all living our lives. The desolation that we are dealing with from all these heartbreaking images and reports just makes us want to become better people who reach out to those who have been affected deeply. Now that it is officially December and Christmas is fast approaching, we approach the festivities with more spiritually than before. The year has been tough and there are those who have lost everything. In the spirit of Christmas, try to share what you can with them. Do what you can for them. Be thankful for what blessings we have and continue to be hopeful for the New Year that is coming. Count the blessings, be thankful for them. Hang on. Have faith. Things will get better!

Happy Sunday!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 08, 2013.


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