Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Looking back

2004 has barely started and it's now coming to an end. Too many things have happened to me--both bad and good--and this is perhaps the best time to write about them as I store them in my bottled brain.

I cannot recall everything with precision; but I can, however, create a poignant picture of the events that have transpired. What is clear is that I will only write about the most important ones. If I have, for the record, forgotten some very monumental events, then my neurons must be blamed for not functioning as is expected of them.

1. Leaving high school.

I graduated from Koronadal National Comprehensive High School in March of 2004 with some 1,500 or so students. The ceremony was very lenthy: it started promptly at 1pm and ended at 6:30 pm.

Graduation always spells "leaving," no matter what ceremonial speakers say. It was a moment of saying goodbye to really great friends in high school. Until now, I sure do miss the high school people: my teachers, the Recorder (our English schoolpaper) staff, my coaches and trainors. My classmates and I have been through rough and smooth times in and out of school. I didn't cry, though. In my speech during graduation, my first words were a quotation from AW Tozer, "It is only by His grace that God imputes merit where none perviously existed; and declares no debt to be where one had been before."

I am continually reminded of God's grace whenever I dwell on high school thoughts.

2. Choosing my path--letting God choose for me.

It should not be assumed that leaving high school means leaving the academe; on the contrary, it is entering a bigger world we call the university. Unlike my brother who took many entrance exams, I took only two. I was really undecided as to the course I wanted to pursure. My interests were ever-varied, from journalism, to literature, to the sciences, to economics, and many more. It was not until the closing of my second semester in UP that I actually learned of what my desire should be.

3. Abiding in God.

I praise God for He has caused me to become dependent on Him and Him alone. I used to think that I could do all things--except of course to fly and to disappear and reappear. Ha ha ha. But really, I unlearned and learned many things from Him. I shall write about them in a separate article.

4. Invasion.

By God's grace, I was able to enter the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Taking up AB English Studies, I am now enjoying the university. I had to adjust to the new environment, though, but that didn't take long. Homesickness overwhelmed me at times, but I've gotten used to the newfound life I have in Manila.

Perhaps the world will end next year, or maybe not. I really don't mind. I have a God who loves me so much that nothing else matters--not even the gradual thickening of my eyeglasses.



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