I made a lot of bad decisions last year and it pains me to know that it cost me more when I only mean to do good to myself. Well, I am now correcting them, slowly, little by little. It is more costly, yes, but it makes my heart at peace, knowing that I’ll be able to do the things my heart yearns for. It feels lighter — that you chose the hard path and go with what you desire rather than just playing along just because you have started something, suffer in the long term and possibly more regrets.
I believe mistakes are an integral part of our life which can help us achieve self-growth.So no more excuses, no more looking back, no more regrets! The important thing is you took action. Taking action today determines your future.
Last October 15, the unexpected happened: we experienced the strongest earthquake here in Cebu and Bohol, and it was scary! Thankfully, it happened during a holiday, which means we didn’t have classes and most working individuals didn’t have work, except on our case.
Sometimes, I am a late comer and usually on time when I report to work. I was planning to go to work early that day so I could go home early. I woke up at around 8:10 AM because of my crazy alarm clock and felt a shake. I imagined it was because of my brothers stomping the floor while watching The Walking Dead (you know how thrilling and exciting that show is, right?). Only then I glanced at our dresser and saw some stuff falling did I realize it was an earthquake. I was alarmed, but still pretty calm and thought to myself “This will just stop” as if I am talking to God (I guess it is by instinct that I refer to Him when I don’t know what to do). My mom was running upstairs to get us all together. As the shake grew stronger, my silent prayer was also becoming fervent. “Lord, this will just stop right?” I didn’t know what to do or think. I just stared at my panicking neighbors who were screaming and running. My mom tried to get us out of the house, but I stopped her because it is more dangerous to be out while it is still shaking.
I couldn’t do anything but wait for it to subside. Did not even cross my mind to go under the table to hide, which is just as stupid. I just believed it will stop. After what seemed like hours, the shaking finally stopped, but I was still shaking! My heart was thumping wildly as if I ran a marathon. I just said a prayer to thank God that it has stopped and we’re all safe.
But after a few hours, the aftershocks came, which are also strong and just as alarming as the earthquake. We would hurriedly hide ourselves under the table in case it was another earthquake. There are cracks in our walls due to the aftershocks, though they are only small. I still worried though. The aftershocks are so strong that I felt like they wanted to uproot our house. What if another earthquake would come? Would our house withstand it? :( I don’t want to go through another earthquake! I didn’t report to work that day and on the next day. I felt safer at home, and I wanted to be with my family. They are far more important than work! Thankfully, our company and our client understood our situation and wanted our safety.
Despite the incident, I think it was still a blessing that we didn’t have classes/work. I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like if it weren’t for the holiday.
The epicenter of the quake was in Bohol. It has suffered more damage than Cebu. :( I just feel really sad for them. The pictures and news that circulated in every social media site were really heart-breaking. The only thing I could do is pray and help them through donations.
Most of the damage has been done to the churches, including Bohol’s tourist spots. Some people warned that maybe the heavens are angry at us, punishing us, or they are turning their backs from us, which I think is just a way to stir doubts and shake people’s faith. Perhaps they have a bleak faith and that’s how they really felt. I don’t believe it, though. God is always protecting us. As cheezy as it sounds, I believe that he was busy protecting us and our homes, he didn’t mind not protecting his own. Because he knows we will rebuild them.
I just hope this natural disaster would not come and rock us, ever again. :(
Thank you, Lord, for keeping us safe, for watching over us, for never leaving our side.