2014 will definitely go down in the books as one of the most eye-opening years of my life. I say that every year, but this year was different. Here are the 14 biggest lessons I’ve learned this year.
I’ve always felt extremely fortunate that I was born into a family that had already established itself abroad. I always knew from a very young age that I would not completely grow up in the Philippines, and for that I have always been grateful especially knowing how hard life can be there. What I am even more thankful about is the fact that I spent my early formative years in the Philippines in a somewhat provincial setting that allowed me to witness the real, true reality of this country.
This latter half of the year has been proving to be another time of realization for me. Or, in a sense, more of a reflection. Every now and then, I get hit like a brick with the damnedest two words we could ever speak: What if?
Welcome everyone! This is the new place for my musings, ramblings, hodgepodge of crazy ideas, and all that I love and will share with all of you. For everyone who followed ‘The Book of Shayne,’ thanks for coming to my new home. To those who are new, welcome to my life! Can you tell with all of these exclamation marks how excited I am?!!!?!!!
My mother turned fifty-years-old this past January. I always seem to forget how old she is or that she’s spent about half of her life being my mother, our mother. Maybe it’s because she hardly ages? She’s looked the same for as long as I can remember — no signs of fine lines or wrinkles. Her smile is still bright and full and her laugh — that laugh — is still a contagious echo that can be heard as far away as the Grand Canyon is deep! But I’ve seen her struggle. I’ve seen her in pain. I was even with her when she ran away from it all. She’s a fighter, a quiet fighter but with the most courageous heart. I have painful, almost disturbing memories from my childhood of what I have seen her go through. The Philippines wasn’t always a pretty place to be in. There are people you can’t trust. There are more people who’ll take advantage of you, they’ll do it without a problem, even in front of your children.