Dear Survivor Mic,
“Dagat na dagat at bundok na bundok ka na ba?” (Are you craving for the seas and the mountains that bad already?). I know. Don’t worry, we’ll get there.
By the way, how are you holding up, Mic?
The last time I heard from you was when you were still stuck in quarantine looking forward to your new beginnings and self-rediscovery. Indeed, being “grounded” as a child is nothing compared to the lockdown you experienced in the last months -- nay, more than a year even.
But looking back, I can say that I am proud of how you handled yourself during the pandemic. You may not have started a life-changing movement nor organized a community pantry for the less fortunate but you gave back in the way only a privileged few are able to.
Remember that time when you resigned from your stable private practice job and jumped into the unknown? You were unsure back then. You didn’t know if leaving despite the pandemic is wise. After all, your savings are little to none and you have no job waiting for you. But you did it anyway. You jumped and luckily your ship sailed.
I knew you were courageous then, albeit borderline crazy. But that’s what makes you you, I guess. Once you set your mind to something, you dive right into it. In hindsight, I think you should thank your lucky stars for granting you your wish. Ngayon, isa ka nang ganap na kawani ng gobyerno. (Now, you are finally a government employee). A public servant. Yes, servant.
Indeed, not all are privileged to serve the public. And yet, here you are. Do you remember how you answered when you were asked why you left a stable job despite the ongoing pandemic?
“I always wanted to be in the public service. While my voice may be small and I may not be able to do anything grand, I want to offer my skills and knowledge and give back in the ways that I can. Especially during these trying times.”
That's what you said. And serve you did, as you do now.
While you may not be at the front lines, you were there. Rendering opinion, researching matters on public affairs, and even going beyond your mandated work hours just to finish and release that output of public concern. You may not be doing work as heroic as what our medical frontliners do but you do what you have to do, and sometimes, that’s all that matters.
But enough with all that catch-up on work. How’s life keeping you sane, Mic?
I know that a millennial is mainly fueled by #wanderlust and #travelgoals. Sucks to not be able to do that now, huh? I bet the closest thing you can call travel is that one time you went for a 1-hour drive with your family to eat at a small al fresco restaurant for merienda (snacks). Funny how you only get to appreciate things that used to be at arm’s reach when they are now almost impossible to reach.
On the bright side, I think the restrictions caused by this pandemic have done you some good and made you do things you thought you never could. Aside from going back to your childhood hobby of reading, I heard you also tried bullet journaling for the first time? Wow! I could only remember you using a planner back in high school. Even then, I knew you never fully committed to it.
あれ,日本語を勉強していますか。すごいですね! (Oh, you are studying Japanese? That’s amazing!) Who knew you still had it in you? It was more than ten years since you last studied Japanese, right? Glad you got to refresh and reinforce your skills. I’m sure it will be handy someday!
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What’s that? You are now regularly exercising too? I thought you were too lethargic for that? I guess your exercise tracker does really work miracles in making you get up and move.
Oh, and you’re cooking now too! That’s nice. Now you can easily whip up a dish you suddenly crave for. Assuming you’re not too loaded and lazy, that is.
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Wait, is that a skincare routine? Is that still really you, Mic? Last I checked you’d rather spend your time playing video games than fuss over your face. Oh wow, you made a video too? That’s so unlike you but hey self-care is the way to go!
See? I told you there is a silver lining in all of this mess we are in right now. It may be hard to see, and even more so for others, but it is there. True, we never asked for this pandemic.
Of course, a health crisis is never a laughing matter and should not be taken lightly. But we all got to move somehow, right? The only worse thing than getting stuck is not doing something.
I’m sure you are still afraid, my dear millennial yuppie. Who wouldn’t? After all, you are still young and fresh in your chosen path. Just when you are about to start paving your way and establish your life, you suddenly face a standstill, waiting in limbo.
But hey, I will keep saying don’t worry, girl. You may not know when this crisis will end. But I do know. Better days are coming. You only need to toughen up and keep going. After all, we are all survivors in our own right.
Finer and Stronger Mic
This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2: Dear Survivor”. The initiative continues to respond to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis. The initiative aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities to inspire the nation to rise and move forward amidst the difficult situation. The “Write to Ignite Blogging Project” Season 2 is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, with Eastern Communications and Jobstreet as co-presenters, with AirAsia and Xiaomi as major sponsors, and with Teleperformance as sponsor.