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Cancer-Crabby; Wallflower; The Shrinking Violet; Taciturn
3 months ago
A few days ago, I came across to an Instagram story. It is about a guy who asks a quick question to random persons.
As he was walking along the street, he saw an old man walking. He seems to have a difficulty in walking but he can still manage himself.
He asks the old man, "Hi! Can I ask you a quick question? Would that be fine?". The old man seems a bit grumpy as to how he looks but he answers back, "Sure. Not a problem".
"Are you happy?". The guy asks.
The old man pauses and said, "Yes, I am".
"Why?" The guy asks a follow-up question.
"Because I'm here today. I'm alive". The old man replies without having second thoughts.
The guy replies, "If there's one thing you want to tell the entire world, what would it be?".
"Calm down and celebrate life". The old man replies.
When I saw this video, I was moved by the old man's answers. To think, his answers were very simple but sincere. Then again, one can not appreciate life or what he has if he is full of hatred and insecurities to himself.
This statement hit me so hard. Before, I was too focused on everyone's opinions. I was busy keeping up with their standards making me to lose my passion and do things that I love to do.
Before, I did not realize how valuable my life is. I became too abusive of my health. My intentions were pure though and that is to help my family. For the record, my family did not oblige me to do it. They were very supportive in every way they can. I volunteered.
My definition of happiness is to make my family happy. For them to be happy, I have to give back the sacrifices they made for me. For sending me to school, for raising me as a God-fearing person, to become a good person as a whole.
Honestly, it is never an obligation for the children to give back what their parents have done for them. The children owe nothing to their parents. However, with pure intentions, they will do their best to help the family.
Let's celebrate life. With what we have right now, we should be thankful to everything. May it be good or bad, everything happens for a reason. Many people are fighting for their lives so we should not waste the opportunity life is giving us.
Patience. That is gold for me. In fact, I am still struggling with it. When things don't occur as to how I want it to be, I lose focus and give up. However, with what happened to me, I have learned to let go and let God.
My dear friend, don't be too hard on yourself. Life is not a competition or a race. Everyone of us is dealing with difficult circumstances but don't compare your chapter 1 to someone's chapter 23. There's a story behind it. Remember, God gives the toughest battles to his strongest warriors.