“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Whoever you are, thank you. Thank you very much. You are so sweet. :) I try. Things will definitely be better soon. :)
We are defined by our experiences and how much we learn or not learn from them. We live through these events and become what we are because of them.
This year alone (and it has barely passed its six-month mark, hoorah!), I have been through the most depressing moments of my life so far. I was brought down to the least that I can be and more. I bawled my eyes out because of frustration, fear, anger, relief — whatever emotion, you name it, I’ve cried because of it. I felt so diminished that by a flick of a finger I would have died.
I literally shit in my bed because of the life’s pressures. I have NEVER felt so alone and so unloved before.
But, as they say, that’s life. And we have to deal with it if we want to survive. I learned to stand up even after the whips and bats and stones were severely dealt. I crawled and trudged carefully but firmly away from that quicksand of desperation, ill intentions, and deceit.
It has been a painful and bitter journey. I want to seek vengeance and retribution, but I know it is not my place to do so. We are under the hands of a just and vengeful God and it is with that reassurance that I put my trust on.
I regain my foothold, stand with dignity and integrity, and resume my life’s story. There is so much more that life will offer.
After all the hoopla, I hope to say with conviction that I have become a better person; that in spite of these, I remain strong, optimistic, and hopeful.
I continue this march. Forwards and onwards!
Youth Build 2013
April 27. Navotas City.
2500 volunteers. 140 homes.
Brick laying. Painting. Sand sieving. Hauling.
Focus of my month of April. Thank God it’s over and successful. I handled the script, program, and media part of the event.
I applied a lot of things that I learned from the Jan-Feb stint. I can’t say that is was perfect — it was really far from it. But I can say that while things could have been better, the program went fine as it can go at that point.
I’m happy it’s over. And I’m proud to have been part of the Youth Build 2013 event.
Photos by Claire Algarme.