For most Filipinos, September 21 can be a very grue-some day. Why? That’s because this day marks the beginning of Martial Law in 1972 and a little background of Philippine’s history will tell you that a lot of people literally suffered during those times. Many were detained and killed under the Marcos’s regime. It was only after the People Power Revolution in 1986 that the Filipino community found refuge through the Aquino administration. With that being said, you could say that many really dreaded September 21. Nevertheless, I always feel awesome (and I’m sure my parents are too) whenever this day comes since it’s the day I was born.
You see as people gets older, the way they see birthdays becomes different as well. When I was in six, my birthday means bringing to my classroom some feisty Jollibee meals so that my classmates will get to know it’s my birthday. At twelve, another birthday means one more gadget present. When I reached eighteen, my birthday become a day of liberation (in a good way of course) and just this Saturday, when I turned 20, my birthday meant just another plain celebration. One that is very ordinary but very meaningful at the same time.
As I turned 20, I am celebrating for the blessings and chances I am receiving everyday. I’m not a good person and yet the best people are around me pushing me hard to be best like them. I have let go of so many things in my life but still, more good things come my way. Should I say more? I’m definitely blessed!
Ah, I think this is a sign of getting older every year. I get so reflective of the past. Nevertheless, you could say that September 21 became a great day for me because it’s no ordinary Martial Law commemoration but a wonderful and memorable MarjShallLaw celebration.
Cheers to New Beginning!