A couple of weekends ago, I was on a plane that brought me to our country’s very own island paradise, Boracay. This was a different kind of trip since it was a vacation just with my friends. All girls only. The last time I went on a trip just with my friends was in 2014 when a different set of my girlfriends and I went to a wedding in CDO in 2014.
This time it was with my set of friends from the world of Taekwondo. We’ve all gone our own separate ways from the sport that became a special part of our lives but the friendships that were forged remain intact and stronger than before. One of our friends had relocated to Boracay and there was always that open invitation to come visit her and her family there. Plans were made weeks ago. But we were actually surprised the trip happened.
It was a beautiful weekend to be outdoors when we were there. The weekend before our trip was a rainy one then the weekend after our trip was also a rainy one. So much to be thankful for that we were given the chance to have perfect beach weather on our Boracay weekend.
Home-cooked freshly-caught shrimps together with chorizo cheese and Baileys? Not bad right? But the picture of what we had for this lunch isn’t actually complete. We also had pork adobo, baked chicken and paratha bread with curry. Oh and buco juice too! We were full until dinner time. Yum yum yum!
There was a little guilt feeling of not having that vacation with my husband and son as well as using up precious days that could have been allocated to many things I had to do (like check a gazillion papers!)
But this is my biggest reflection during the entire trip: It’s alright to take a break. I was swamped with the hundred and one things that I had to do. But I knew taking a little break will do me wonders. Sometimes in life, that’s exactly what we have to do. To take a step back, catch our breath, re-charge and get back into the whirlwind of everyday life.
How about you? Are you drowning in those endless tasks that need to be done? Or maybe in cruise control in this so called life? If you’re empty batt or even just half-full, it’s alright to take a break.
But what do you do when you take that break?
Find your core.
Find your center.
Find your great “why?” in life.
The silence and the detachment will help you find it (or to remember it if you have found it at one point in your life.)
In my case, it was a time to be reminded of God’s magnimity. Being surrounded by the beauty of nature cannot but point back to a great mastermind, the great Creator of it all. How can you not fall in love again with God as you walk on pristine white sand, watch the clouds slowly move in the sky, or take a dip in crystal waters? It was as if God was sending me the signs of all signs that through his creation, he sends his love to me.
The time with friends also allowed us to reminisce back to the time when our friendships started in our teenage years. That gave me the chance to look back at my life and see that all the years that have passed has been a showcase of God’s faithfulness in life. The struggles, the ups & downs, the challenges that came have made me stronger, wiser and more loving. Of course, only with the grace of God.
My core. My center. My great “why?” It’s all about an amazing truth that God loves me. And that love for me translates to in turn being loving in my life — from all my family & friends, to my students, to random people that I may encounter each day. It’s the call to love.
I came back to my husband and my son like a new woman — refreshed, renewed and all the more excited to face the journey of life and the many responsibilities that come with it.
But maybe, just maybe, we can start planning our next Boracay get-away as a family too!