Remember who you are

This photo was taken by a friend.

I had to send some pics to another friend, so I went to my Google Photos account and guess what, it was a trip down memory lane. I took some time to look at the photos and videos I took in July-August 2017, when I went to school in Japan. It surprised me how I was able to hold my own, being the odd duck in this all-Japanese class. It also reminded me of who I was — this happy, energetic person who looked forward everyday to seeing her mates and learning about life.

In Filipino, we have this saying that goes, “Ang taong hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” Literal translation: ‘The person who doesn’t know how to look back to where they came from won’t ever reach their destination’…

I always thought that it was a cautionary phrase to someone who becomes rich and forgets where they came from, denying their humble origins. Now I have a different perspective of it. To me, it’s a reminder for me to remember the good things about myself, and to carry that with me moving forward.

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Kinailangan kong maghalungkat kumbaga sa mga larawan ko noong 2017. Siyempre, di ko maiwasang ma-miss yung mga panahon na kinuha yung mga litratong iyon.

Meron tayong kasabihan na  “Ang taong hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” Ang akala ko, para lang ito sa mga taong biglang yumaman at hindi na kunwari naaalala ang pinanggalingan nila, pati mga kaibigan nila noong mahirap pa sila. Pero sa araw na ‘to, may napagtanto akong ibang ibig sabihin nito para sa akin: na huwag kalimutan ang mga mabubuting bagay na nasa akin noon, at dalhin ang mga ito sa kasalukyan at kinabukasan.

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これは友達が撮った写真です。

今日はほかの友達に写真を送る約束があったので、グーグルフォトを開けて写真を探しました。なんか、2017年日本に住んでた頃の写真を見た途端、タイムスリップのような気がして、涙が出るほど懐かしさを感じました。クラスの中で外国人は私しかいなかったけど、無事に終わらせました。それより、たくさんの友達ができ、日々を楽しく過ごして、明日を楽しみしてた私を思い出させました。

私の母国語のフィリピン語で、「お里に振り返らぬ人は、目的地にたどり着かぬ」という名言があります。それは、お金持ちになった人が貧乏だったの過去を忘れ仲間も見知らないふりをする人だけに示すだろうと思いました。でも、今日は自分にとって、別の意味もあると納得したような気がしました。それは、過去の自分にある美質を忘れずに、前に進むことだと思います。

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