for quite some time now, i've been doing my own little list of the people who made the biggest impact on my life every end of the year. different publications may have their own list of people who "made the year what it was", but at the end of the day, in life, whether they may be celebrities, heroes, or ordinary folks, its the different people who influenced and moved us that really matter in our lives.
meet the people of my year for 2011.
the joy that a baby brings to the family is like no other! for this whole year, roco has been my wallpaper on every gadget i have, the content of my stories for all my friends, the topic of discussion within our whole family, and my happy thought. :) and just last december 30, roco's baby sister, sabine ysabella, was born. my brother jc and sister-in-law tracy have done an amazing job with roco, and now, sabine. we now have two angels in our family!
my sister has made it to this list every single time. my family actually always makes it to this list (as it would yours too, i believe) but my sister has some major life event every year that makes me admire her strong character even more. this year, all the way in london, she went from fear of not being able to enrol or work and heartbroken, to top student and employee and heartthrob! good things happen to good people. my awesome sister is proof of that.
marion has been one of my best friends since our high school days in de la salle zobel. i can honestly say she is one of the people who knows me the most. we sadly don't see each other as often as we used to, but she is still one of those who keeps me grounded. just this year she decided to quit her job to pursue her own business and start her own family. her fearlessness is one of the things i look up to the most and i hope to be more like her this year.
ange has been my friend for around five years now. she used to be the girlfriend of my kabarkada but became close to us, so despite the break up, she remained a part of our group. ange is crazy, fun, funny, and at the same time, passionate, hardworking, and driven. she may not know it but she is a huge influence on me, reminding me that its good to be crazy and be emotional once in a while. it keeps us human and keeps us sane. life would be so boring without ange.
i have a lot to thank tita millet for in the quest of finding my "purpose in life". she is my editor for the philippine star, and thanks to her wonderful daughter rissa for referring me, i became one of their columnists. tita millet pushes and pressures, but encourages and supports. being a published writer is one of the biggest blessings of 2011, and because of tita millet, i discovered that i am on this earth to tell stories and hopefully inspire others.
another huge blessing that 2011 brought to my life is my being editor-at-large of meg magazine. i have creative director and good friend suki salvador to thank for believing in me and taking me out of my comfort zone. the girls i work with, ning, klara, grace, zanti, la, lea, ekai all have their own winning traits that i constantly learn from. their ideas, optimism, and zest for life remind me of the simple, happy things in life. they give me so much hope.
this year was the year i proved to myself that if you work hard and that if you love what you do and the people you work with, they will all love you back. both my reality unit and talk unit families have been part of my life for over five years now and it just feels so good to know that hard work with love really pays off. so much of what i know and who i am is because of my work and i just feel so blessed everyday to be doing what i do, with people i love.
ate pia has been an ate to me for six years now and what i love about her is how her life itself is an example to others. every single time i get to talk to ate pia, i am inspired to do something and make a move on some dream of mine. she proves again and again that we can achieve what we want if we put our heart into it. more than her impressive resume, it is her being such a caring and concerned mother and ate that makes her shine so bright.
i've never put a boyfriend on this list before (even if i wanted to).. i guess i feel its "understood" that a significant other is a major force in one's life, plus i am such a private person when it comes to personal matters. i really thought about this well, and i am including jc because i want to share how in awe i am of his good heartedness. he is so thoughtful to me that i become more thoughtful as well. i honestly wish more people would be like him.. as kind and giving and caring.
my mom, of course. 2011 was also the year i realized that when mothers say "hay naku, when you grow older, you will remember 'my mother said this, i should've listened'" it is really true. its in the little things, that make a big impact on life as we grow older. i will never get tired of saying that who i am as a person now, i owe to my mom, and my dad, for bringing me up the way they did. i hope to live up to those values and forever make my family proud.
thank you to these ten people for being such a blessing in my life.
who are the people of your year?
i'm sure they would love to be surprised with the thought of their making an impact on your life.
go for it, make your list.
and tell them thank you. :)