Hey 4-year old Raech!
Have you met friendship?
Friendship was who you first shared your color pencils with in preschool; what you gave when you decided to let another kid have her time on your favorite toy at school; when you sang farewell songs with your classmates and then look forward to seeing them again the next day; where you go to play hop scotch and tag and hide and seek because it was fun.
Friendship was why you knew that no matter how far and wide time might fly, you would still know how it is to be young and wild and fun at any moment in time.
Hey 12-year old Raech!
Have you met love?
Love was who you lend your ears to expecting for a whisper but then turned out to be a kiss; what that strangeness giddy feeling you got when your crush called you sweetheart; when a little boy set foot on your doorsteps, white chocolates in hand but then ran away the moment your grandmother opened the door; where you stayed up at night with your home phone for hours, talking about everything and nothing at all with a boy who you thought you were gonna marry someday.
Love was also why you got that piercing feeling inside your heart the moment you saw that what you once had became someone else’s.
Hey 17-year old Raech!
Have you met world?
World was who you met the moment you became a victim of a pickpocket; what you’ve learned the moment you decided what you wanted to be; when you got to know different kinds of people — the likes of who taught you what it’s like to jump balconies over balconies just to get a better view of a do or die basketball game, what an all-nighter is what is and what is not supposed to be, what it’s like to eat breakfast at McDonald’s in your PJs and end up in a police camp, or what it’s like to eat lunch alone on a convenience store because you realized you were abandoned by those you called friends — then you learn that there are those who would stick with you for a moment, for a season or for a lifetime; where you experienced how fulfilling it is to realize that who you decided to be eventually becomes who you wanted to be.
World was why you decided that you had a purpose in life.
Hey 21-year old Raech!
Have you met life?
Life was who you shook hands with the moment you bagged your college diploma; what you realized the moment you took that job which was entirely different from what you thought you were gonna do when you got out of nursing school; when you got to feel euphoria and confusion and magic and loathing all at the same time; where you ended up the moment you took control of things and learned that you are the captain of your ship and then you suddenly realized that fate is what blows your sails.
Life’s vigor was why you chose to live rather than exist.
Hey 23-year old Raech!
Have you met adventure?
Adventure was who you said ‘yes’ to the moment you got your first invite to an out of town trip with a friend and a couple of random strangers; what you felt the moment you realized that the world is such a big place; when you pushed yourself to do the things you only dreamed of doing — crossed rivers and trekked trails just to see your first waterfall, swam in a waterfall, climbed a century old tree up to the top, rode your first airplane and be awed by clouds, take foot shots on light houses, visit golden temples, explore chapels inside caves, traverse on boats to see pine trees on beaches or a research facility in the middle of an ocean or virgin islands up North, fall inlove with beaches, walk on pavements dusted with hundred years of history, taste culture and traditions, meet the world below with goggles and snorkeling gears, marvel at how gorgeous sunrises are, fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing hot air balloons float up in the sky, or converse in a different language aside from English and your mother tongue — these are the places you can never go to not until you took that glorious leap of faith; where you still dream of going and doing things and then knowing that you would then be remembering.
Adventure is why you keep coming back for more.
Hey 25-year old Raech!
I’d like you to meet transition :)