While relishing how time ticked slowly at Real, Quezon last December 30, I picked up my journal again. I already had an idea for my yearender; for a change, it would be about my top 5 rock bottom moments of 2013.
Listing down the first two was easy: The One With the Parent, and The One With the Careless Mistake. But at number 3, my mind went blank.
And then I realized: 2013 was not so bad after all. 🙂
The past year was, for the most part, the year I could no longer shrug off or hide under the rug the effects of a failed relationship. It broke me in more ways than one, turning me into a walking pessimist I never imagined I had in me.
But at the same time, I learned to choose joy every single day, and for days when I find it especially hard to believe in happiness, I got by with a lot of help from friends.
It was also a year of journalism miracles — the biggest of which, of course, is joining Rappler. Here, I was tried and tested beyond my limits and comfort zones; hopefully, I’m a whole lot stronger now.
Since I can’t complete my rock bottom list anyway, here are some defining moments of my 2013, listed by month:
FEBRUARY: 3rd JS Prom
APRIL: Funemployment, almost employment
MAY: Keeping it hipster, Rappler 🙂
JUNE: Education beat, Culion trip
JULY: Seeing Lee Min Ho, The One With the Careless Mistake
SEPTEMBER: Breaking point, trying harder
OCTOBER: First family treat, first standupper
NOVEMBER: Date with BF, Covering Haiyan from Manila
DECEMBER: #December2014, my first Rappler teambuilding + Christmas party, “Paskuhan” with Kate and BF, IJ group reunites, Quezon trip with the family
In general, I only have 3 hopes for 2014:
1. A year of going back and drawing close to my First Love
2. A year of health and fitness
3. A year of excellence and doing more
And because 2013 spared me, it is with a grateful heart that I bid it goodbye 🙂