Today was errands day and the day I start my life anew.

I finally got my driver’s license today. I’m not too keen on driving since traffic here is horrendous and I have to drive a manual car, but I do acknowledge that this is a GOOD thing. It is a chance for me to empower myself, to literally bring myself to places.

I also paid my friend who reserved a hotel room for us for a friend’s wedding in Southern Philippines two weeks from now. It’s a 2-hour plane ride plus land travel, so that’s about an entire morning’s journey. It’ll be the first time I’ll be flying solo to and from a destination, and even though it’s just within the country, the thought fills me with noth excitement and anxiety. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything on my own, and this trip will be a good opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.

This is also the first Friday in a ling time when I consciously chose to stick to the Lenten tradition of meat abstinence on Fridays. I haven’t been observing a lot of traditions these past years mainly because I didn’t see the point in them (still don’t, actually), but today it felt like I needed to make the sacrifice. And come to think of it, when I did choose the fish over the other scrumptious meats, there was no resentment in my heart. I’m hoping I get to continue this. Even though next week is already Holy Week, I hope I remember and choose to do this small sacrifice every year.

On a semi disgusting note, bird feces fell on me earlier as I was on my way home from getting my license. People say that if you get pooped on by a bird it’s good luck. I hope this is a sign of good things to come. 😊🙏🏼