SunStar lifestyle writers look back at an awesome year that was
By Cassandra C. Poculan
THE last 357 days must have meant many different things to many different people. It could have been a year of blows or breakthroughs, setbacks or successes, gains or losses – maybe even an intoxicating mix of all these. As 2018 will be over in a week and a day, allow us, the SunStar Soft Pages writers, to indulge in some retrospection.
Marymil Montesclaros Cabrera, 23
“This year, I vowed for a journey filled with love, light, happiness and no less. But there were just things that I never expected would come my way like my Lola’s death on my 23rd birthday while I was away celebrating my day. Though for most, death is a sad thing but her death gave me so much love, light, hope, and a better understanding about life. So my 2018 is like an Ariana Grande song, ‘It taught me love, it taught me patience, it taught me pain. Now, I’m so amazing. I’ve loved and lost, but that’s not what I see. So look what I got, look what you taught me. And for that, I say, thank you, next!’
Patricia May P. Catan, 23
“2018 is a year of many firsts, but if I were to highlight one, touring one country and two cities in Asia would definitely be it. I had all the right motivation to travel this year and that’s thanks to EXO. In all honesty, I don’t know where I’d find the motivation to cram my passport application and save money for my trips. Crazy how I wouldn’t have set foot on Kuala Lumpur, then Hong Kong and Macau on my own if it weren’t for them. The best part was that I got to see them and met new friends from across the globe along the way. Recalling my 2018 will always bring me back to the moments when I’ve toured with EXO and seen parts of Asia because of them. Indeed, 2018 is a year of traveling and I’m beyond grateful I braved everything with and for them.”
Monica R. Lopez, 30
“This year, much like the years that have passed, gave me experiences that I would look back on with happiness, with longing or with a heavy heart. In the end, it more than made me know myself better: my personality, my strengths, my weaknesses, how I am when push comes to shove and — even more so — how I love. Through those experiences, it has also made me even more thankful for the people who love me wholeheartedly.”
Tiffany Neri, 24
“Boring, absolutely dreadful, and painfully dull are words that could never describe my 2018. It has been chock-full of challenges I never knew I would face, people I never knew I would meet, and happiness I never knew I could have — with each monumental moment chanced upon in the most unlikely of places. Floating through 2018, I felt like I was catching just a glimpse of how unexpected life can be — which leaves me riddled with the growing anxiety and excitement for the next year to come.
Cassandra Faye C. Poculan, 27
“For me, 2018 has been a year of busting open my emotional floodgates for the first time in what felt like an eternity. I allowed myself to experience a wide spectrum of emotions, whereas in the past I would refuse to feel anything other than positivity. It was also a year of severing toxicities, mending fractured relationships and nurturing the important ones, letting go of some people or things to let others in, stepping out of my comfort zone, and learning to trust in the timing of my own life. I’m grateful for all the hits and misses but I also look forward to more blessings that don’t come in disguise in 2019.”
Christian Jay B. Quilo, 22
Special Publications Writer
“In 2018, I taught myself to start and end every single day with a ‘Thank you’ – to God and just the Universe in general, whatever that means – and I think that has made the biggest difference in how I see and go about life. Looking back at the past 12 months, I could not be anymore happy with the memories I’ve made not because of how monumentally life-altering they were; but because of how even the simplest of moments – like celebrating one year at my first job (and it’s my dream job, no less) or making a friend on a solo trip to Siargao or having watched movies like Call Me By Your Name or Love, Simon – made this year meaningful; and to that, I say, ‘Thank you, 2018.’”