What is this list about? These are the people who have significantly influenced and played a very vital role in my life this 2014. I am surrounded with best people, loving family and long time friends but those included in this list have really affected my life personally, influenced my beliefs, changed me positively and taught me different life lessons especially this year. In this year of our Lord, 2014, it has been one of the greatest years so far because of the different milestones that took place in my life. I just would like to acknowledge and give gratitude to these great people, here they are:
1. Tropang Juan
They are my high school friends whom I longed considered to be my non-biological brothers and sisters. Each of them are unique and different in various ways but what I salute about this group is that each has an equal love and concern for one another; we keep each other posted. I am always inspired by these amazing, goal-oriented, down-to-earth and responsible people whom I know would all be successful in their chosen fields of career. I have learned and earned values from you guys, thank you for being a part of me. You all inspire me.
2. The Groots
How will I definitely survive Medicine without these people? They complement each other especially with the qualities of a good medical student.These are the people who keep me sane and guided in the world of insanity in Medicine. With the big adjustment from Bachelor’s degree to Post- Graduate studies, it is truly a big transition for all of us. These people have helped me a lot in my first year as a medical student, I owe it to you guys. They have brought joy to my life, pushed me to my limits, became my mentors, guided me to become better, served as my great companions and most of all, believed in my capabilities. We complement each other and I could not be thankful enough for having wonderful friends. Thank you, my future co-physicians!
3. The Zephyrons
Two years ago, I made a half-hearted decision to be part of the CON CSC. Even if a lot has disapproved of it, I still took the risk to push through with the experience. Being in the council, especially with this team, taught me a lot. Each of them taught me something —- to have sense of discipline, sense of “time”, virtue of patience, became the “Ate”, to take it “light” and gave me that feeling that I am needed as well in the team. I learned a lot from these people, made mistakes, acquired values and more importantly, made ties, bond and relationship with other people. Thank you for giving me my Zephyrons family for teaching me and giving me opportunity to influence, lead and serve other people.
4. The Gwapitos
How will I survive the nerve-wracking, very saturating and exhausting days of Board Exam review for our Nursing Licensure Examination without them? These are the very people who have been with me in all the days and nights and midnights of my board exam review. I have never heard any negative thoughts from them and they have continually helped me believe that we are all registered nurses from the very beginning we thought to become one. They have inspired and challenged me to achieve my goals and plans so as to cover all that is needed to review for the board exams. They kept me sane a week prior to the board exam when my tension is most high. They equalize the pressure, stress and the uneasiness I am feeling about myself then prior the actual board exam. It is also because of them that I gained weight, haha! I truly thank this men in my life whom I believe to be amazing because of the values they possess, their “diskartes” to achieve their dreams, their way of thinking, their wit and humor, family-oriented and simplicity in life.
5. CLN Parish Youth Ministry
We have grown older together for the years in our life in this ministry. And, each year I feel so thankful and blessed for being able to meet people as wonderful as you all are. I do not have any brother nor an older sister, but with you, I have felt another form of family who will always be there to support, guide and lead each other for the common good and purpose. I can attest to the fact the real friends stay with you through ups and downs, in all your successes and failures and you have been with me through all those years. You have seen me at my highest and lowest points in my life, and you all remained with me. Thank you so much for showing me how to become an understanding friend to friends, a good sister to siblings, an obedient son/daughter, a giving person to others, and a servant child of God. I treasure you all.
6. My Cousin/Best friend, Mia
To have sense of maturity, to be kind to all people, to be a loving daughter or a patient sister, and to act as your age, these are the traits I truly admire and remember about you. I am thankful for having a cousin and a best friend in you. We have been together for 20 years now; from the day you were born, we became inseparable. I thank God for giving you in our family, you taught me a lot of things and I am always inspired by your values, dedication in life and most importantly, your patience. People say that we complement each other because our personalities jive well but I believe that God gave me an older sister in you, ironically speaking because we all know I am older than you. Thank you for everything especially during the times that we were both away from home, from our families just to focus on our studies. Thank you so much, my best friend, my sister as well. I am always here for you just like you are always to me :)
7. Significant Other
Need I say more? #forthesakeoflove —- thank you for coming into my life and staying as well. I am always, always, always praying to God for this relationship to last. You mean so much to me :p To more years together, cheers! <3
8. My Precious Gems, Anne and Charlene
This list will never be complete without my two precious sisters, of course! That’s our middle sibling Anne - 16 y/o, our youngest, Charlene - 11 y/o, and I just turned 21 y/o in October. These two girls both equalize and turn my world upside-down. With the different generations we are into, it just gets both exciting and fun getting into their worlds. When I’m at home, away from school, I get to have another world of pure happiness, laid-back days and chill nights with my sisters. I can get normal and most of the time, abnormal with them. I am just so thankful for having two younger sisters who can brighten up my day or tease me at the same time, eat with me when I’m sad or would command me to prepare for a meal; they are just the best of my both worlds.
I really admire my younger sister, Anne, for being so disciplined, goal-driven, patient, artistic, simple yet complicated, intelligent and beautiful all in the same person. Our youngest is just someone who brings joy to our family with her wit, humor, love for singing, creativity and own sense of art-e, as in the actress of the family. They are both talented and amazing in the same and different ways. I love them equally :)
I have said a lot of things about my Dad and he knows how much we miss and love him especially during this holidays. One significant event that truly surprised me this year was when my Daddy came home two days before my graduation. I knew all along that he will not make it because he came home during the Christmas season last 2013 and he just went back to his work abroad early in February. I still remember how happy I am to see him that day after a tiring day of review at school. I am just so thankful having a Dad who can make things impossible to be possible. He is a dreamer, someone very responsible, family oriented and wants only the best for his family.
I would definitely consider my Dad’s values and beliefs as a man in choosing my lifelong partner, I would love to have someone I will spend the rest of my life with the the same attitude and discipline my Dad reared us and how he is taking care of his family. Thank you for everything. Thank you for bringing us to places and for letting us try out of the ordinary things. Thank you for believing in us and for letting us do what we want, still with limitations of course. Haha! Happy New Year from Philippines to Middle East!
10. Mama Dearest
Definitely, my last and most prized person for this year, my Mama. This photo is very memorable taken at Monasteryo de Tarlac, a week before the board exam, a day before I will be left with my other batchmates in a hotel to condition our minds and body before the actual board exam. We were accompanied by the good friends of my Mama who were also my source of strength back then. They would have all motivated me, poured me with pure positive thoughts and helped me prayed for my upcoming board exams.
My Mama, most importantly, never left my side— figuratively—- all the days of my life. I remembered how you would check on me if I still have enough food at dorm, if who I am reviewing with at your random calls, that time when you picked me up at school and drive us to the church to pray altogether with my friends and, that time when I missed an occasion at home and so you saved food for me and my friends to eat because it was weekend and we are at school reviewing. I treasure them all, Mama. You have been very supportive of me especially when I needed you most that was before, during and after the board exam. She was the only constant person in my life back then because I knew no one would understand the state I am during those times except her. I am so thankful that she was with me all the time, she struggled with me, she believed in me and it was her whom I first called when someone told me I passed the board exams. I was crying because of the mixed emotions I was feeling but her words were so comforting telling me, “We made it!” that it made me even cry more.
Even now that I am in Medicine, she would rarely missed a night without calling nor text me if I am at dorm or if I have eaten already. I am so lucky to have someone who would support me in all the things that I want to do, even if how impossible it may seem, she would believe and fight with me. She always lifts my spirit up and would always tell me, “I can”. Thank you for all your love, care and support, Mama. You are truly my inspiration and greatest influence of my life. I know you know what is good for all of us, and I will try to obey your will :)
How about you, who are the PEOPLE of your year? :)