What a Great Time to be Alive

After taking up Nipun Mehta’s graduation speech entitled “Miserable and Magical” in my English IV class, I am immensely inspired to do something worthwhile with my life. The feeling I had after reading that essay evoked something real, something concrete in me that no other essay or speech have reached. This is one of those rare moments in my life when I finally realized all the good I can achieve, all the kind deeds I can do, and all the hearts I can touch. Needless to say: it was an eye-opening experience.

“Give, receive and dance.” These are the three keys Nipun Mehta to overcome the millenial traits of having a sense of entitlement and narcissism. These are now the three things I commit myself to do. Simple, brief and catchy: these keys summarize everything about kindness. Kindness, as I have observed, is everywhere these days. Maybe it’s because we read it for class but I have come to see goodness in my batchmates inside and outside the classrooms: they smile more now, they greet everyone sincerely amidst the tired look in their eyes, and they don’t even think twice about doing random acts of kindness that range from paying for the next kid who wants cotton candy to leaving a cupcake for the teacher in order to sweeten their day. What a great time to be alive! If every week was like this one: I wouldn’t mind how “cheesy” everything is. Amidst all the academic stress, there is no time to be negative when you’re surrounded by such kindness.

The past few weeks have been a wild roller coaster for me – with the occasional migraines and surprisingly, a huge number of miracles.  I find myself thanking God every single day — and I find that it’s a better way to spend my time rather than wasting precious time complaining over and over again about the troubles I face.

Last week, I was quite weary after dealing with my duties as a club head and on the day of my school’s Pep Rally, I was close to losing all my energy and enthusiasm. An unexpected blessing came in the form of my new freshman friend who handed me a letter calling me “Ate” (Filipino for sister) and wishing me luck for my upcoming college entrance exams. This simple act of kindness gave me so much hope and happiness (100x more than what Coca-Cola ever gave me!) that I quickly regained my enthusiasm and going forth to cheer and show my spirit for my school.

Today was an interesting day as well: my mother and I were walking home when a van stopped near us. It turned out that it was our usual carpool we thought we missed and they stopped so they could let us ride. This saved us a number of steps going home and the bus fee. Happy that I got to rest my feet and ride a comfortable car home, I went to buy my mother roses while she stayed in the market to show how much I love her especially now that she’s been having bad days. With a spark in my heart and a smile on my face, I walked home happily and what happened next goes to show how the cycle of kindness is wonderful — my brother bought twenty drinks in his cafeteria just so he could collect coupons so he could get me something I’ve wanted for the longest time: a Coca-Cola planner.

Again, what a great time to be alive!

The kindness we give goes back to us whether or not we expected it.

Most of the time, we don’t even expect anymore. The happiness we feel when we do something good is somehow enough for us.

“A hundred million miracles are happening everyday.” We just have to open our minds and eyes to witness the goodness we overlook in the people around us. This janitor named “Kuya Tolits” would never fail to greet me with the warmest smile I have ever seen and he does not know how much difference it makes to me to be greeted with such enthusiasm and sincerity in the drowsiest of mornings and the sleepiest of afternoons. He will, soon. 🙂

“Give, receive and dance.” – Nipun Mehta.