20 December 2011

Status: Single for the Holidays

Breakups happen... Even during the supposedly happiest season of the year.

After a breakup, it is natural for humans to feel a sense of loss. Therefore, we as humans go through the process of grieving. And I am not here to judge you just in case you have chosen to sulk in a corner because your boyfriend for ten years suddenly decided to dump you.

But have you ever thought that maybe there are still several reasons for you to be happy this Christmas? And have you ever thought that even if you are a little lonely this season, you can still spread the holiday cheer?

If you think this blog post is another one of those redundant: "How to survive the holidays when you are single," then you are wrong.

Read on to find out what this is about.

For the past couple of nights, I had been staying up late to be a watcher for one of our family friends who was admitted in the hospital. And last night, he took his last breath here on earth.

It was heartbreaking to watch his family cry as he lay on his death bed. What makes this more heartbreaking is that it is almost Christmas, yet he did not survive long enough to spend the holidays with his family.

The point I am trying to make here is that death does not take a holiday break. People die even during the holidays. And why am I making this point? It is because some people who recently experienced a break up sulk and cry without knowing that there are more tragic events that are happening around them, yet they think that they are experiencing the worst pain possible. I believe Christmas is about giving. Maybe it is about time for everyone to look at the bigger picture and understand that there are more unfortunate people who are experiencing more loss than just a breakup. Give the time to comfort those people who are spending their Christmas in the hospitals... or in the funeral homes.

Like breakups, tragedies also happen during Christmas. I hate to break this to you but there are bigger issues in the world than your lack of relationship status. If you have not heard, several families in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, Philippines have lost not just their properties and their homes, but also their loved ones, due to the typhoon Sendong and the flash floods it brought. As of writing, 957 lives were taken by the typhoon Sendong. Would it be too much to ask you to look at the bigger picture and help those in need? Please read this blog post to know more about how you can help donate and help the victims of the typhoon Sendong.

It IS the season of giving, and right now, there are a lot of families -- a lot of children -- who need your help. Please. Be one of their Santas.

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