BEarthDay 2020

Yesterday, April 22, I celebrated my Quarantine Birthday. While we are in the middle of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), it has been one, if not the most peaceful birthdays I have and I am exceptionally thankful for another year of life that I got to spend with my family and loved ones.

I am also grateful to everyone who took a minute or so from their day to greet me and send me well wishes. I am glad to know more friends this year and delighted to build better relationships with my existing ones.

I wished that this pandemic end soon so our lives will return to normal or craft a new normal then. I do not want us to lose another person to this virus; and, I wished that we came to realize a thing or two about our lives and how we live it during this period of uncertainty.

For this added year in my life, I’d like to spend it more with people who matter to me. I’d want to reach my dreams further in this life with my family and genuine friends. This year is a year of thrive – just like how my previous years went, but this time wiser and better.

I want this new year of my life a productive, prosperous, and fun one. I am ecstatic about the next page and how it will unfold – whether it be a challenge or a success, I’ll sure find the purpose of it for me.

At this age, I am glad to have put Happy Shift PH and create better product experience for my clients through products that are friendly to our environment. I am joyful to have aced graduate school, conferred with degrees, and start my post-graduate level with improved reasons and objectives. I am also happy to have worked and practiced my field in the academe, and be a mother.

I may not be big with material things not because I cannot afford or such, but I’d like to keep things that are just enough for me and my family. My current disposition is in content and happiness. Physical things will come and go, but what I have acquired so far in this life is something I can cherish forever.

Again, thank you for all the birthday greetings and love you all have sent for my birthday. I hope to see you in the next chapter.

Author: shainnehostalero

Shainne Hostalero, MDC is a social entrepreneur (owner and founder of Happy Shift PH), a communication scholar, and a writer.

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