The Need to Get Away and What Made Me Fall In Love

I've been wanting to get away from my old routine, to try something new or to have a sweet escape. I wanted to run away from everything. I wish I had the courage to leave everything behind and start all over again. However, along the way, I came to realize that I couldn't just give up because things are hard so I chose to be faithful to my dreams. By far, I'm feeling great but a part of me still wanted to take a break which why I immediately said yes when some of my close friends in law school invited me for an overnight beach outing. I knew I needed some R&R with the ones close to my heart. 

At the beach... It was such a relief to feel that we don't need to rush. We don't need to catch up with our time table for the day. We don't have to hurry so we can study for an exam or read in advance. We were just there -- enjoying every single moment. No pressure. No demands. Just privacy and pure bliss with each other's company. In this blog post, allow me to share about my short but sweet escapade with some friends at Canibad, Samal Island.

In the morning, I fell in love with the beauty of the paradise -- waiting for us to explore its loveliness. From the moment I set foot on the resort, I was overwhelmed with its peacefulness. It was as if everything was in perfect harmony. Deep down inside me, I knew I needed the "peace" that the beach was offering us and I felt excited for that "peace" to consume me.

In the noontime, I fell in love with the sound of the sea waves hitting the rocks. Clearly, there was a "crashing" of the waves but the sea appeared calm and at peace.  Maybe it was reminding me to be just like the sea -- to always keep my cool. The sound of the crashing waves was satisfying. I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: the sound of the sea. Nothing else.

In the afternoon, I fell in love with the clarity of the water. It reminded me that there are so many beautiful things in this world which we should be grateful for. Instead of focusing on misery or gratifying our depression, we must learn to shift our attention to all the blessings that come our way. We should start to appreciate the gift of little things, which when combined altogether, make life worth living. 

In the evening, I fell in love with how the stars and the moon light up the night sky. It was a symbol of hope and new beginning. At a certain point, their "light" gave me a sense of acceptance. In this life, we don't always get what we want or what we wish for and it is okay. We do not need to force certain things to happen. Even if it hurts a lot, sometimes, all that is left for us to do is to move forward. Letting things or persons go does not mean that we are choosing defeat. Rather, it is a smart thing to do to save ourselves. We can't stay martyr all the time. We have to know what we deserve. That night, the moon and the stars reminded me that good things will come naturally. If we have to force it so bad, then it is probably not for us. 

In the midnight, I fell in love with the sea breeze. You know what they say -- there is nothing like a sea breeze to put a smile on your face. Imagine how refreshing it is to experience summer happiness in a cold December.

In the next morning, I fell in love with the laughter of my friends. I am thankful for having them in my life. They make my difficult days easier to bear. They never cease to support and guide me. My law school friends are the ones who know all my struggles for the past four years and they are the same persons who didn't judge me for my choices, mistakes or failures. We may not have the perfect friendship for there are times when we couldn't stand being with each other (blame it to the pressure and uncertainties that law school brings) but one thing is for sure: we will always be there to back each other up. 

“I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, 
stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. 
Don't walk away, don't be distracted, 
don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. 
Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. 
Powerful stuff.” 
― Jon Katz

When we were about to leave, I fell in love with the idea of goodbyes. The best thing that I learned during this escapade is the fact that nothing can stay the same forever. We had a wonderful experience and the time has come when we needed to say goodbye to the private resort. You know I always hated "goodbyes" but now, I'm starting to learn that the secret to a happy life is basically accepting the fact that certain things will end and some people will leave. Life goes on even if they are no longer around. It will be difficult in the beginning but we  will all get used to their absence until one day, we will wake up and will find in our hearts that we are already okay... that we are content with the "memories" we shared with them. These memories will keep us going. I believe that every goodbye brings us a beautiful lesson.

Oh, life is magical. 

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