July 4th was the day that Lewis Caroll finished and told Alice in Wonderland for the first time, its when Philippines gains independence from the US, its when the Give Peace a Chance was released and when Americans celebrate fourth of July.

For me its a reminder thats its been another year since my fathers passing. At this moment four years ago I felt that I could never be able to get over that and the pain of losing my father. I thought not having him around and the sight of his soulless body would haunt me.

Today I smile when I realize how lucky I was to have him for so long, all the amazing memories, the hugs, the love and to be fortunate to see him take his last breath and realize how short life really is.

Time is the best healer, its like a physician that although in the moment we dont always believe in the diagnosis and the cure. We need to take a step back from the struggle and focus on the blessings we have. Never regret a moment and celebrate the people we have, for the time we have them. Everyone comes into our life with a purpose and I hope when my father looks down at me he will feel that his purpose as a father has been met.

In the wise words of the Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

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