December 30 really rocked for me. More precisely, rocked me. I discovered 3 things all at once. First, the importance of getting out to the real world and meeting real people (again). I still didn’t want to attend our family reunion but I realized that one of us might suddenly return to the spirit world. Too many of my loved ones departed with me not meeting them for a long time and it had become too painful — and worse, burdensome to conscience. I never want that to happen again.
I also discovered today that I could still jam good with professional musicians even though I haven’t played the guitar for 9 really long years. It was really a rush feeling alive again!
The third discovery is still a big mystery to me. I discovered that another dear friend, Rene Rivas, has departed — my first social network friend to die. He had been posting digital evidence on Facebook that a friend had returned to our Philippines — and then the family of that friend proved that he’s still abroad. I wondered later how my mind coped with all these sudden discoveries. Info overload. Wow. Special THANKS to my cousins Agnette, Cyrus, and Dod.
After a whole year of exerting every effort trying to get writing gigs, I finally decided to retreat (relax), wait, and fight another day — which is more difficult and tiring. Anyway, experience has proven this tactic to be much more effective for me.