Sometimes we eat a little, sometimes a little too much.
Sometimes we like to cuddle, sometimes we hate being touched.
We feel great. We feel playful. We very well know happiness.
But sometimes we feel pain and get swallowed by sadness.
We want many things, and we want it right away.
Most of the time we’re impatient, and cannot wait one more day.
And there are things we want to say but never could.
Just like everyone else, we only want to be understood.
The question is, am I writing about my kids or me?
Because we are not so different, apparently.
Autism does not make them any less human.
And being ‘normal’ doesn’t make me a better man.
April 2 is Autism Awareness Day. Spread the kindness and love.
Stop. Look at where you are.
Rewind. Look back to where it all began.
Play. Because destiny can be playful.
Pause. Because everyone needs a break.
Forward. That should always be the direction.
Keep going. Because the music never stops.
Ilang beses ko nang sinabi.
Ilang beses ka na ring nakinig at sumunod.
Kahit gaano kabilis ang takbo ng buhay;
kahit gaano kabagal ang pagdating ng ginhawa;
kahit madalas ay masakit ang mga kasu-kasuhan sa puyat at trabaho;
kahit minsan kumakalam ang sikmura;
kumakapit ka pa rin.
Kapit lang, kapit lang.
Sa sigawang minsan ay inaabot ng bukangliwayway;
sa katahimikan matapos ang mahabang pagtatalo;
sa ngiti mo na nagsasabing “pinapatawad na kita, patawarin mo rin ako”;
sa mahigpit na hawak ng kamay mo na nagsasabing “mahal pa rin kita”;
sa dampi ng labi mo at sa init ng yakap mo;
at sa sigawan, katahimikan, ngiti, hawak, halik, at yakap;
ng susunod na pagtatalo.
Kapit lang, kapit lang.
Muli kong pakiusap;
muling nagdadasal na sana huli na ito;
muling umaasa na umayos na ang lahat sa wakas;
muling humingi ng palugit sa puso mo, na alam kong sawa nang kumapit.
Huwag ka sana mawalan ng pag-asa;
huwag din sana masimot ang sa akin;
dahil minsan parang malapit na.
Kapit lang; kapit lang
Salamat sa pagkapit.
Salamat sa pagtitiwala.
Salamat sa pag-ibig.
Kahit nandito pa rin tayo;
malayo sa doon na hinahangad.
Malungkot na hanggang ngayon pinapakapit pa rin kita.
Masaya na hanggang ngayon kumakapit ka pa rin.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re active or sedentary where you live. When you’re out there travelling, get out of that friggin comfort zone. Take the first step. Take a long walk. Trek. Traverse. There’s a reason why ‘off the beaten path’ exists, and it is full of surprises.
Surprises like a used pack of cigarettes with a quirky name;
a nameless but exceptional fishball stand;
a smiling old lady selling unripe mangoes with chili salt;
or a 1.5 Baht bumpy bus ride to Khaosan, which would have been 100 Baht if you took the cab at the cab stop.
You will meet a child who doesn’t have Lego Sets or iPads, but has a pair of wrestling beetles for toys, and temples as playgrounds;
and you will realize that beauty is not always what you see over the bridge.
You will find people who share your passion;
and places you will be passionate about.
You will see more shades of any given color;
and different versions of one dish.
You will discover how high you can climb;
before taking a well deserved break.
You can even join the locals.
You will make new friends.
And get to know your family more.
You will realize how rich and poor you are; how strong and weak, how proud and humble. Above all, you will see how big and small the world is.