Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful


A very difficult theme this week. It’s hard to portray it visually. Not that it’s hard to capture  but because there’s a lot of possible subjects. There’s simply too much to be thankful for in our everyday life– that fact we live, we breathe, we see, we hear, we feel, etc. There’s simply too many.

When I look back to the happenings in my life for the past 10 months, I can  say I have reached places farther than I imagined–literally and figuratively. That, I think, is more than enough reason for me to be thankful. However, the event that had the most impact this year is this…

I apologize if you are one of those in the list. I am editing noob and I don’t know how to blur the other names. Anyway, my brother’s name is up there. This was from the booklet given during his graduation. I am very thankful when he graduated earlier this year because it signified a lot for everyone in our family. For him.. the start of the new chapter. For I and my mom, it means lesser worries and additional freedom. I never treated helping my brothers graduate as a burden but of course it had impact on what I should prioritize and how I should live my life. When he graduated, I breathed a sigh of relief and somehow understood what a parent feels when his or her son finally graduated.

Whatever appreciation I have for my life now, I owe it partly to my brothers and of course the family. Before I used to think that I was losing too much–working at such an early age, not going back to school, being too much in control. But now I realized, apart from time, I never really lost anything. In fact I gained a lot of experiences which I know would really help me on. If I am more carefree now, it’s because I know my family has been through so much and a simple worry would not faze me anymore. I am not afraid of going up or down. I have been there and I learned as long as you don’t lose sight of who you are, what your purpose is and what you should be thankful for, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

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